Experience behind enemy lines

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Clinton Gardner and the armed forces with him were so well trained that he does not remember being afraid when they...
At Kasserine Pass Edward LaPorta was set up at about the middle of the pass. They were on an outpost and there was a...
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...
Lynn Compton remembers Doc Roe [Annotators Note: Company E medic Eugene Roe] as the medic who worked on him 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...
Kanaya said that medics followed the troops into the field. He liked to pick units that he knew would probably get into...
The fighters rendezvoused with the SBDs [Annotator's Note: Douglas SBD "Dauntless" dive bomber], then had to look after...
Keema had flown back to back to back missions on eight, nine, and ten [Annotator’s Note: 8, 9, and 10 October 1943]....
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...
Hershel Williams does not remember knocking out some of the pillboxes. One of them, however, Williams remembers, ran...
All of the men in Zawada's squad wondered why they were going behind German lines to liberate Hammelburg. Rumors...
After the Great Marianas Turkey Shoot [Annotators Note: the Battle of the Philippine Sea] the action really slowed down...
Sherman believes that everyone should know a little bit about every theater. Sherman believes that the generosity and...
Steve Pisanos made his way into some nearby woods. The German troops followed him in calling for him to give himself up...
Leonard Spivey was told that the war was over for him and that he would not be fighting again. Spivey gave them name,...
William Disanza was in the Boy Scouts as a kid but it did not prepare him for Burma. Disanza had originally joined the...
Lynn Compton knew the Germans were nearby while he and his men stayed in the area. Compton had to go to the listening...
When they left the ground they were going a little under 80 miles per hour. The ship was making about 20 knots and...
At Lohr, they lost their 1st tank from a German Panzerfaust. Baum says they did not have time to think about it, they...
Both sides honored their gentleman's agreement to meet at the river in order to collect the bodies. There was one other...
A Red Cross truck passed the area where Candelaria and his fellow prisoners were being held. He spoke with the man in...
Alexander Jefferson went into Stalag Luft III with about 75 to 100 prisoners. The rooms were crowded so they turned the...
The guard spoke to Lyle Bouck in German and stuck the barrel of his weapon against Bouck's stomach. Bouck heard a snap...
Zawada recalls the drive being very easy [Annotator's Note: during the Hammelburg raid as a member of Task Force Baum...
It would get cold on the hike. They would start the hike at camp and would end the hike at the hospital. It was a 20...
When Alexander Vraciu bailed out over the Philippines he was at about 300 or 400 feet when his parachute opened up. He...
While hiding out in Paris Steve Pisanos was picked up by a resistance operative who took him to church. When they got...
While talking with the man, Jones's copilot showed up. The men felt better seeing each other.The young man had a hand...
As a medic, Kanaya had to treat the Germans like their own wounded. The medics would treat the American wounded 1st and...
The last time Richard Cole saw the old man [Annotator's Note: USAF General James H. Doolittle] was in 1992. Several of...
Herbert Auerbach arrived in Bombay, India in October 1943 then went by train to northern Burma, nearly to Assam. From...
Eugene Vaadi was assigned to the 385th Bombardment Group and flew 19 missions over Europe hitting Berlin, Nurenberg,...
John W. Towle was flying towards his target with its flying bombs. The Germans placed their antiaircraft weapons in...
[Annotator's Note: No mention is made here of the mission being described, however, from later interviews and the...

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