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John W. Towle flew his first missions over flying bomb sights in France. [Annotator's Note: The V-1 rocket bomb and V-2...
John Howland and his B-17 bomber crewmates were assigned to the 381st Bomb Group based at Ridgewell, England. They...
Harold Gournay flew out of Italy for 18 or 19 missions [Annotator's Note: Gournay served in the USAAF as a waist gunner...
[Annotator's Note: Warren Schmitt served in the US Army Air Forces as a gunner on a Consolidated B-24 Liberator heavy...
The usual aim points for a bombing mission that Maurice Hackler flew were manufacturing, oil and transportation,...
Ingrid Radke-Azvedo could tell who was bombing Berlin at night by the sounds of the planes [Annotator's Note: Berlin...
When Carey Eleser was in port in Southampton, England, they were able to go into town. He would go to movies and the...
Tsuyin Soong was born in January 1933 in Hunan Province, China. He has two brothers and two sisters. He remembers the...
Aubrey Bradley had always wanted to fly, but had never been in an airplane before he entered the Army Air Corps. His...
Charles Davis experienced his first burial at sea after the 13 to 15 November battle [Annotator's Note: 13 to 15...
Joseph Richard tries to forget the attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese but he cannot. He can see it as plain as day...
While in captivity, Walter Bowsher received few Red Cross packages, and, of those he received, some of them were...
John Angier had been shot down over Cologne, Germany, nearly beaten to death by civilians and saved from them by German...
[Annotator's Note: Paul Bosworth served in the USAAF as a tail gunner on a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bomber in...
The pathfinders went out about 20 minutes ahead of Henry Langrehr and his men. That alerted the Germans and there was...
[Annotators Note: Clayton Fisher served in the Navy as a Douglas SBD Dauntless dive bomber pilot in Bombing Squadron 8...
[Annotator's Note: William G. Roy served in the Navy as a Photographer's Mate 2nd Class aboard the aircraft carrier USS...
That afternoon, Clayton Fisher and his squadron [Annotator's Note: Bombing Squadron 8 (VB-8)] were launched again to...
Lloyd Dendy and another man were on the side of a bomb crater and got blown out of their foxhole. They both vibrated...
[Annotator's Note: Robert Lowe and men from his outfit, a detachment of the US Marine Corps' 1st Defense Battlion, were...
Out of 35 missions, Maurice Hackler only had one mission he considered a close call. He was flying deputy, watching the...
Frederick Moore's scariest experience was flying a green airplane low over a green jungle and looking up to see flashes...
[Annotator's Note: Henry Bourgeois served in the USMC as a pilot flying Vought F4U Corsair fighter aircraft with Marine...
Norris Gwin was based on Midway Island in early January 1944. His squadron [Annotator's Note: Marine Scout Bombing...
C. Charles Collie rejoined his ship [Annotator's Note: USS Blue (DD-744)] after it had become part of the screening...
[Annotator's Note: Charles McGee served in the USAAF as a fighter pilot with the 302nd Fighter Squadron, 332nd Fighter...
Anthony Varuso thought highly of the natives on the island of New Guinea. Even though their clothing was minimal, they...
Vernon Cummings' first battle station [Annotator's Note: aboard USS Indiana (BB-58)] was below deck in the powder room...
Harold Berkman and Company F [Annotator's Note: Company F, 2nd Battalion, 317th Infantry Regiment, 80th Infantry...
When Cleveland Peterson arrived in India there was a culture shock. There was also a physical shock as many of the men...
Dabney Montgomery arrived in Bari, Italy in January 1944. It was the day after a heavy German bombardment. There were...
Edward Tipper and a band of paratroopers captured a key crossroads location without the use of any automatic weapons...
Bryan’s preference for aircraft depended on where he was. The P-47 was a great aircraft at low level. The P-51 was a...
Enrique Cervantes flew about 25 missions over Europe. Although he classified those missions as uneventful, they were...
For most of George Beaugh's missions his crew would fly at 25,000 to 27,000 feet. On one mission they flew at 32,000...
Arriving on the island of Tinian, Jones and his crew are immediately told to fuel and arm their plane in preparation...

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