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That attack on the Japanese fleet off Guadalcanal was a turning point in Martin Carmody’s life. He felt bad about...
Alexander Vraciu was on a mission with a flight of 12 aircraft when he noticed five Zeros [Annotators Note: Mitsubishi...
Clayton Kelly Gross was born in Walla Walla, Washington, a town so pretty they named it twice. Gross remarks it is...
Clarence Anderson had to fly differently than usual because of the amount of fuel he had aboard. All of the fighters...
Freddie Ohr was sitting around in a tent for two and a half days. Sandborne informed him that there would not be a test...
Years later Vejtasa asked Japanese veterans if they had thought about strafing the deck and they said no. Vejtasa would...
Richard Candelaria thinks it is a shame that the American public did not get to see their 8th Air Force. They were able...
While escorting bombers Clarence Anderson was leading his flight to the front of the bomber formation when he noticed a...
Yellin is not sure if he was fired upon during landings and take offs from Iwo Jima. Yellin recalls that one of his...
One of Clarence Anderson's men came across a German pilot shooting at men in parachutes. He shot the German down and...
[Annotator’s Note: This segment was a time code drop from the beginning of the second tape.] Joseph Armanini discusses...
[Annotators Note: Clarence Anderson served in the USAAF as a fighter pilot flying P-51 Mustangs with the 363rd Fighter...
Freddie Ohr went from Corsica Italy to Medina, Italy. They flew out of there on a short steel runway. They flew all of...
On the morning of the battle, Vejtasa was flying CAP. Jimmy Flately and Johnny Leppla were flying escort for the...
Freddie Ohr had a lot of things happened to him. The first guy Ohr encountered really tried to make it tough on him....
Freddie Ohr thought that it was an exciting mission [Annotators Note: See Freddie Ohr Segment 17]. He thought that...
During the second Truk raid Alexander Vraciu was on a morning hop escorting bombers when they were attacked by a group...
Richard Candelaria credits the 8th Air Force for never having been turned back on a mission by enemy action. Enemy...
McKee relates the story of how his new crew lost their original Navigator and Bombardier when they bailed out of their...
Clayton Kelly Gross should have been on the first combat mission, but when it happened he was in the hospital with a...
Leahr was shipped overseas in early 1944. He had graduated in Class 43-G [Annotator's Note: Class 43-G graduated in...
Ensign Earnest said that as he was heading down, he lost elevator control; the stick was loose in his hand. Ensign...
Yellin had to fly the next day after he bailed out in the ocean. He notes that the P-40 was a great airplane. There was...
On 7 April [Annotators Note: 1945] the Luftwaffe put up a huge effort consisting of many types of fighters. Richard...
Gatewood led his squadron on his fourth mission. At 1 point during the raid he was all by himself and had to pull up to...
An average escort mission would last for 5 to 6 hours but some lasted 7 hours or more. That was a long time to be in a...
Robert Shoens was told what the plan was going to be for the Berlin raid. They went over specifics regarding flight...
Alexander Vraciu scored nine aerial victories during his first tour. His first kill was a Zero [Annotators Note:...
Yellin taxied and saw mounds of Japanese bodies [Annotator's Note: on Iwo Jima]. Bulldozers were pushing the bodies...
Rankin's squadron [Annotator's Note: 61st Fighter Squadron, 56th Fighter Group] had an apartment in London that the men...
When they finally stopped they were a couple feet away from a hut. The next morning there were people working on the...
The 2nd plane [Annotator’s Note: the 2nd kamikaze on 10 May 1945] that hit them hit the after engine room. He came in...
On 12 May 1944, there was a big air raid with 800 bombers and top cover from Hub Zemke and his wolf pack. They came...
John Keema and his group arrived in Framlingham in mid-July around the time of the Hamburg raids. Keema got to go into...
Joseph Armanini describes flying back to England along the coast of Spain from Africa, landing the following morning....
Leahr got quite a bit of mail from home. Mail was important to him. He had three brothers in the service. One brother...

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