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Louis Zamperini qualified for the 1936 Olympics and went to New York to compete with Don Lash [Annotator's Note: Donald...
[Annotator's Note: Dr. Roscoe Brown served in the USAAF as a fighter pilot in the 100th Fighter Squadron, 332nd Fighter...
[Annotator's Note: Abner Aust stayed in the military after the end of World War 2.] The 36th Tactical Fighter Wing was...
Arriving in October 1944, Aubrey Bradley was assigned to the 401st Bombardment Group [Annotator's Note: 613th...
Ryan O'Brien returned to his same crew after being hospitalized for an injury in a crash. His 35th mission was his last...
Andrew Kiniry rejoined his unit [Annotator's Note: 45th Evacuation Hospital] at Eupen, Belgium near the German border....
Archibald Higgins was in the Palau Islands with the mission of keeping those islands neutralized and flying missions to...
Arthur Killam was born in San Francisco and lived there until he was six years old when he moved to San Jose,...
Donald W. Bertino fired his 90mm [Annotator's Note: 90mm antiaircraft gun] first in Dinant, Belgium. It was a hurry up...
A lot Darrell Welch's colleagues [Annotator’s Note: fellow fighter pilots] did not make it. Some wound up in prison...
During a mission, Walter Bala's plane was hit over the target. A shell came through the plane and knocked out his...
After missions they [Annotator's Note: Hewitt Brian Gomez and his fellow crewmen] would have a debriefing about the...
In England, Darrell Welch worked with the British. They told them the enemy was tough. The British had gotten Spitfires...
John Sacks' first mission was to Bremen, Germany to hit an oil refinery in that city. When they got over the target the...
Palermo, Messina and Sicily [Annotator's Note: all in Italy] were very severe targets for Jack Buckner due to the...
[Annotator's Note: Ittsei Nakagawa was in a factory in Hiroshima, Japan when the atomic bomb exploded over the city on...
When Orville Carroll arrived at Northwest Field on Guam [Annotator's Note: Guam, Mariana Islands], the Marines had...
Erna Deiglmayr worked at a fish mine [Annotator's Note: a type of fish market and processing place] for several months...
Norma Jean Ford Beard only knew that her father was a pilot and was killed until she was 13 years old. [Annotator's...
George Allen was sent to Lincoln, Nebraska to train on the Boeing B-29 Superfortress very heavy bombers with Combat...
Jack Rolfson had a roommate who would find coal to warm their pot belly stove. He was a mathematician and was always...
[Annotator's Note: The interviewer asks Dr. Robert Beynon what it was like to go out and come back from patrols on a...
Floyd Horne says the B-26 [Annotator's Note: Martin B-26 Marauder medium bomber] was a very tough airplane. He recalls...
Edwin Henlebin described the beachhead as glutted with supplies. The problem was getting the material from the beach to...
Raymond Downs finally got up the stairs and found the captain in the pilot house. The captain said they needed to get...
[Annotator's Note: William G. Roy served in the Navy as a Photographer's Mate 2nd Class aboard the aircraft carrier USS...
When he was told that he would be trained aboard ship as a gunner, Robert Fitz was "mystified." He arrived at the main...
When Arthur Smith was finishing up in the Mediterranean, they had Mark 8 torpedoes [Annotator's Note: Bliss-Leavitt...
James Odom was excited to travel into the unknown, leaving home on a Greyhound bus bound for Dallas, then taking his...
John Angier first met his crew in the spring of 1944 and then went overseas in a brand-new, shiny, silver B-17 [...
[Annotator's Note: William Nesser was in training aboard a commercial transport vessel when the Japanese attacked Pearl...
Continuing his sequence of experiences, John Laster described a personal injury that was not the consequence of combat...
When James Morehead arrived at Broom, Australia, the little airfield where they landed didn't have modern pumping...
Frank Kubiak and his ship [Annotator's Note: USS Tillman (DD-641)] were attacked in Bizerte by dive bombers. There were...
Theodore Wessen and the USS Pirate (AM-275) went to Guam after that island had been recaptured by the United States....
In February 1945, Salvador Guercia's ship [Annotator's Note: USS Sandoval (APA-194)] transported Marines to Saipan [...

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