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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...
Robert Shoens knew that the planes coming towards him were not the much hoped for escort. In the briefing room after...
Yellin recalls strafing runs on Chici-jima which was about a hundred or so miles from Iwo Jima. Yellin strafed the...
Rankin had made "Ace in a Day." [Annotator's Note: a term used to describe a fighter pilot scoring five or more...
Steve Pisanos scored his first victory on 21 May [Annotators Note: 21 May 1943]. They had taken bombers to Frankfurt,...
After losing his thumb Rall was out of combat for a while because his wound was infected.He went back to his wing early...
At Santa Cruz Feightner and Wickendoll [Annotator's Note: Lt(jg) Maurice Wickendoll] were flying CAP [Annotator's Note...
Alexander Vraciu lost his wing man, Brockmeyer [Annotators Note: US Navy Ensign Homer Brockmeyer], out over the...
Rankin got two confirmed, one probable, and one "damaged" during a fight on 15 March [Annotator’s Note: 1944]. All of...
When the Laffey left Pearl Harbor she was assigned as a escort for an old battleship heading out into the Pacific to...
Clarence Anderson's first mission was to Frankfurt,Germany. For the mission he was flying wingman for an experienced...
Tyler flew a number of missions at Guadalcanal and again later in the Philippines. On the 15th of June 43 [Annotator's...
Alexander Vraciu and the other members of his squadron [Annotators Note: Fighting Squadron 16 (VF 16)] were in their...
Vejtasa made several raids prior to the Battle of the Coral Sea [Annotator's Note: 4-8 May 1942]. After Tulagi, they...
The fighters rendezvoused with the SBDs [Annotator's Note: Douglas SBD "Dauntless" dive bomber], then had to look after...
When Clayton Kelly Gross returned to his unit after his 30 day leave, they were flying the Mustang and he flew it long...
Clarence Anderson went on a couple of patrols with an experienced pilot in the lead and was then sent out on his own....
Before the Battle of the Coral Sea , Vejtasa's group got some information on the Japanese base at Rabaul and the...
Living aboard the USS Enterprise was tough. Feightner slept in a hammock under a 5 inch gun mount. Other pilots bunked...
Joseph Armanini describes how he thought regarding his survival. He describes his sense of confidence and also his...
Earnest tried to get a lead on the cruiser so he could drop his torpedo [Annotator’s Note: after being hit during the...
Clayton Kelly Gross recalled the date he shot the jet down was in April of 1945. The last month of the war they could...

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