Bailing out/loss of plane

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After John Keema’s navigator Frank Delarmie [Annotator’s Note: unsure of spelling] was killed they were assigned a new...
[Annotators Note: Norman J. Kleiss, known as Dusty, was a dive bomber pilot in Scouting Squadron 6 (VS-6) flying from...
Clayton Kelly Gross had to make an emergency landing on Omaha Beach before he went home. He flew a mission over the...
Alexander Vraciu and the other members of his squadron [Annotators Note: Fighting Squadron 16 (VF 16)] were in their...
Steve Pisanos decided to return to base. Fuel was an issue on missions. There were incidents of Spitfire pilots having...
Leonard Spivey was hanging in his parachute and it was cold. Spivey was not uncomfortable because he thinks he had a...
Ardell Bollinger did not report back to base immediately. Bollinger still has shrapnel in his foot from when he was...
There was a good 40 knot tail wind that was with them for several hours. When they got to the coast of Kyushu they were...
Joseph Armanini tells a story about how the tail of a B-17 [Annotator’s Note: Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bomber...
Once they [Annotators Note: Richard Cole, James Doolittle, and the crewmen aboard their B-25 which had just taken part...
After returning to his carrier, Norman Kleiss got a cup of coffee and prepared for his next flight. About that time a...
After the Great Marianas Turkey Shoot [Annotators Note: the Battle of the Philippine Sea] the action really slowed down...
Freddie Ohr was treated to another huge dinner. The Korean man told him to come down every night around seven. Ohr...
Leonard Spivey was told that the war was over for him and that he would not be fighting again. Spivey gave them name,...
When they left the ground they were going a little under 80 miles per hour. The ship was making about 20 knots and...
Alexander Jefferson went into Stalag Luft III with about 75 to 100 prisoners. The rooms were crowded so they turned the...
Munich had a lot of hits because the railroad yards were in the middle of the city. There was a lot of damage from...
When Alexander Vraciu bailed out over the Philippines he was at about 300 or 400 feet when his parachute opened up. He...
Leonard Spivey lived in a combine, which was a group of six prisoners in one living space. They were allowed to stay...
The next bad thing to happen was when Childers tried to fire at a Zero [Annotator's Note: Japanese fighter aircraft],...
Jack Beverstein was deployed to Samar in the Philippines. He was bivouacked in a tent in a cemetery. He liked the...
On 13 September 1944 John Sacks flew a mission to bomb an I.G. Farben refinery manufacturing synthetic fuel. The plant...
[Annotator's Note: Clayton Fisher served in the Navy as a Douglas SBD Dauntless dive bomber pilot in Bombing Squadron 8...
Robert Inghram knew Roger Bushell. Bushell headed the Escape Committee [Annotator's Note: in Inghram's prisoner of war...
Although trained in the PB-2A pursuit aircraft, John Alison was glad he did not have to go to war in it. Communication...
George Roberts knew the losses were severe when flying over Schweinfurt because he could see them [Annotator's Note:...
One of the guys that James Ramage was flying with looked back at one of the burning Japanese carriers and said, "Look...
No one tried to escape while Robert Whitcomb was a prisoner. After the Russians liberated the camp [Annotator's Note:...
Herbert Heilbrun did not care which theater he fought in as long as he was a part of the war. He got into training late...
Clayton Fisher spent the next two and a half years in the training command. Once, Fisher was chasing fighters and...
Moses Hogan's basic training was in Norfolk, Virginia, and he shipped out from San Diego, California. He was assigned...
George Roberts remembers a pilot named Clyde Cosper. He was a sergeant who went through flight school and was...
Before that, while instructing in SB2As [Annotator's Note: Brewster SB2A Buccaneer light scout bomber], Clayton Fisher...
They [Annotator's Note: Malcolm Higgins and his crew] did everything they could do to keep their plane in the air after...
C. Charles Collie heard on 6 August [Annotator's Note: 1945] that the atomic bomb had been used on Hiroshima. He knew...
Patrick Russell remained at Okinawa until June 1945. His carrier [Annotator's Note: USS Tulagi (CVE-72)] sailed to Guam...

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