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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...
Clarence Anderson's group came across a straggling B-17 and decided to head out to escort it. While they were on their...
When Clarence Anderson returned from R and R [Annotator's Note: rest and relaxation or recuperation] he was ordered to...
Cleveland Peterson landed in Karachi, India. There was a British airbase with a huge dirigible hanger. The P-40s [...
One day, William Curtis [Annotator's Note: aboard a ship off Normandy] watched a German plane come in dropping bombs on...
Henry Bourgeois' first air to air combat was over Bougainville. When the dive bombers went into their dive, the entire...
Eugene Vaadi went to the Philippines as part of the 581st Air Resupply and Communications Squadron, 13th Air Force,...
[Annotator's Note: Clayton Fisher served in the Navy as a Douglas SBD Dauntless dive bomber pilot in Bombing Squadron 8...
In Norfolk, Claude Shannahan met a WAVE [Annotator's Note: Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service] girl during...
The first plane Dr. Roscoe Brown shot down was a Me-262 [Annotator's Note: German Messerschmitt Me-262 jet fighter...
Carroll Knutson was captured by the Germans after his bomber was shot down. He and other POWs had to survive in...
They [Annotator's Note: John Mock and his fellow soldiers of Company L, 3rd Battalion, 422nd Infantry Regiment, 106th...
Donald Wilson applied for flight training. When he received transfer orders for him to leave the USS New Orleans (CA-32...
[Annotator's Note: Martin Carmody served in the Navy as a pilot flying Douglas SBD Dauntless dive bombers with Bombing...
Lloyd Reese was the bombardier on a Consolidated B-24 Liberator taking part in Operation Tidal Wave over Ploiești,...
When George Roberts flew to Schweinfurt they ran out of ammunition, except for in the radio room, on the way to the...

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