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The first real fighter airplane Donald Bryan flew was the P-40D with the Merlin engine, not the Allison engine. They...
[Annotator's Note: Robert Liles served in the USAAF and flew Curtiss P-40 Warhawk fighter aircraft with the 16th...
Warren Nolan was aboard the USS Bunker Hill (CV-17) when it was hit by two kamikaze aircraft on 11 May 1945. The deck...
Earl Tweed had to revamp his plans after getting off the beach and reaching high ground [Annotator's Note: Tweed had...
Henry Feldman and the 8th Infantry Division [Annotator's Note: Feldman was a member of Cannon Company, 121st Infantry...
Henry Feldman reached France during the hedgerow fighting [Annotator's Note: he landed in Normandy on 4 July 1944]. His...
Herbert Heilbrun wrote his last letter before his final mission. [Annotator's Note: A baby has been crying in the...
Assigned as a B-24 [Annotator's Note: Consolidated B-24 Liberator heavy bomber] pilot, Eben Smith arrived first in...
Maurice Hackler's final mission gave him some concern. The departure of his pilot after Hackler's 30th mission meant...
Ralph Weymouth was awarded the Navy Cross for the Battle of the Philippine Sea. He was given the award for his...
Nick Cristiano says his crew were nice boys. He was anxious to go on his first mission [Annotator's Note: January 1945...
[Annotator's Note: Charles Kneflin was a tail gunner on a Boeing B-29 Superfortress very heavy bomber in the 53rd...
[Annotator's Note: Wendall Woodall served in the US Army Air Forces as a blister gunner on a Boeing B-29 Superfortress...
When Donald Bryan was going to junior college the US was paying for pilot training [Annotator’s Note: the Civilian...
Robert Harris flew his first combat mission over France on D-Day. [Annotator’s Note: D-Day was on 6 June 1944 when...
Martin Richard's first mission was almost complete catastrophe. [Annotator's Note: He flew his firts mission on 6 June...
Lewis Thomas Easterling was initiated into his group [Annotator's Note: 365th Fighter Squadron, 358th Fighter Group,...
The worst part of the mission to Bremen for George Roberts was the fighters. Roberts operated his gun from the radio...
John Morrow was a radio operator on a B-17 [Annotator's Note: Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bomber] based in...
Malcolm Johnson was a civilian contractor for Morrison-Knudsen [Annotator’s Note: American civil engineering and...
Darrell Welch liked to say that he flew from England to North Africa and started a war. Rommel [Annotator's Note:...
Their [Annotator's Note: the 92nd Bombardment Group] first mission was in September [Annotator's Note: September 1942]...
George Hood flew bombing missions against Japanese residential sections of Tokyo. That was because the enemy had...
The first thing Charles Kneflin saw when he flew over Guam [Annotator's Note: Guam, Mariana Islands], were the biggest...
Harley Bridger and his crew lived in tents with six men each. They were fortunate with their engineer. Bridger felt the...
Max Finesmith went into the briefing for his first mission before four in the morning. The plan was to takeoff by 8:30...
The day before William Albright's second mission, two B-17s [Annotator's Note: Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bomber...
The first couple of bombing missions William Fili was on were "milk runs" [Annotator's Note: slang term used by...
The night Ryan O'Brien landed at Spinazzola [Annotator's Note: Spinazzola Airfield, Italy], a movie star was having a...
Robert Rans recalls that his first mission was to Messina, Sicily and he remembers being scared as he saw the wall of...
After flight school Darrell Welch joined the 27th Squadron, which is the oldest squadron, and the 1st Group, which is...
First Lieutenant Lloyd Reese flew 11 missions as a bombardier on a B-24 for the 67th Bombardment Squadron, 44th...
The first mission during which Clayton Kelly Gross shot down an enemy plane was when he was flying with Billy D. Harris...
Shortly before colors (800 hours) on 7 December 1941, Firman Balza was standing on the starboard gallery deck, talking...
George Roberts and his crew were sent to Hampton Roads, Virginia where they boarded the USS Argentina [Annotator's Note...
Donald Bryan got five kills in one day. They had to new K14 sights and it was the first time he had ever fired with one...

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