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On 16 December 1944, the Germans started the biggest battle of offensive fighting in the world's history, the Battle of...
Alexander Vraciu wanted to fly fighters. If he had not been given fighters when he was going through training at Corpus...
[Annotators Note: Geraldine Nyman was a member of the Women Air Force Service Pilots, or WASPs. She transported...
As far as a specific routine, they knew what had to be done when they woke up in the morning. The crews were very...
1 of the men working with Church was hard headed and clearly unhappy with their current predicament. When they were...
They moved on south into Bavaria. The war ended while they were in Rosenheim.When they went overseas they were told not...
Bell's initial experience in England consisted mainly of training and trying to avoid boredom. They were gradually...
In Iceland, he took and passed the test for corporal. When Renstrom got back to San Diego he took the test for Sergeant...
Steve Pisanos got his private pilot’s license. He studied from a booklet he had picked up while visiting a Greek Air...
Dupuy remembers a mission to Joliet. They carried two thousand pound bombs on the P-40 [Annotator’s Note: American P-40...
When Holloman got to Ramitelli [Annotator’s Note: Italy] there were no P-47s [Annotator's Note: Republic P-47 "...
McNeil went into the service on the 5th of February 1943. Her first posting was to Davis Martin Field and Air Force...
Lynn Compton went to England on the Queen Elizabeth ship with thousands of troops. He joined the Easy Company outfit...
Ardell Bollinger arrived in Europe in July 1943. He was shot down 23 September 1944. Bollinger’s first mission was a “...
Theodore Van Kirk completed his tour of duty and was sent home because he flew over 50 missions. At first they could...
The Chandler [Annotator's Note: USS Chandle (DD-206)] had 4 stacks and had torpedo tubes and 4 inch guns. Baptiste...
Fw190s [Annotator's Note: German Focke Wulf 190 interceptor aircraft] attacked the group the day Oscar Johnson was shot...
They would get up at four in the morning on Pavavu. They were in King (K) Co. 3-1 [Annotator’s Note: K Company, 3rd...
Henry Bourgeois went to work in the aerospace industry for Singer as a sales engineer. He was then made a planner and...
From late November of 1943 until Guam in 1944 Hershel Williams was engaged in a rigorous training regimen. When...
Hannan wanted to get up to the front line [Annotator’s Note: during the Battle of the Bulge]. They told him as he...
[Annotators Note: James Smith served in the USMC as a radioman and rifleman in the 1st Marine Raider Battalion.] They...
Each crew had a tent to themselves. In the 483rd Group [Annotator’s Note: Bombardment group] there were about 20 tents....
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...
[Annotators Note: Lou Brissie served in the army as an infantryman in Company G, 2nd Battalion, 351st Infantry Regiment...
When they left St. Lo, they were in dairy and farming country. The farms were laid out in squares and there were mounds...
With all of the different kinds of huts that the Filipinos used they mainly used armor-piercing ammunition because...
The first name on the list leaving for the camp Tanagawa was Ray Church. McLean had arranged for this transfer as a way...
[Annotators Note: Charles Bishop served in the navy aboard the destroyer USS Cummings (DD-365) then later aboard the...
Biddle was not allowed to return to combat because he was being put up for the Medal of Honor. He was told that he had...
Freddie Ohr was given a depth perception test. The depth perception test was kind of tricky. It entailed having Ohr...
Steve Pisanos flew the Spitfire, the P-51 Mustang, and the P-47. To him the Spitfire was the best for defending a city...
When they got overseas to Italy, black and white [Annotator’s Note: African American and Caucasian], they were a team....
Leonard Spivey had to part ways with the “Georgia Rebel” and Ocie Jones. The next mission of importance was when Spivey...
Years ago Delewski did an interview for National Geographic. He accompanied his commanding officer Captain Becton [...
Ardell Bollinger had a couple of missions near Paris and Hamburg going after submarines. The cities had a large amount...

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