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[Annotators Note: Interview begins mid-conversation.] Herbert Heilbrun was waiting for his crew in Salt Lake City when...
An incident occurred at the camp that cost Grant a tough interrogation when he returned to the United States. Workers...
They did not want to get caught on the railroad tracks when hit was dark because that is when the RAF would come...
After that mission [Annotator’s Note: an aborted mission to an airfield just outside of Paris during which Grant had...
Charles Moore flew to support beleaguered American troops in Bastogne. [Annotator’s Note: relief to the men in...
Donald Bryan took off on 140 missions but only completed 138 of them. The bombers aborted on two of them because of...
Charles Moore was born in Washington, D.C. on 14 May 1919. Growing up with five siblings, Moore had a twin sister....
At Wendover, there was a base regulation stating that there was never to be any ammunition present in an aircraft until...
At Sioux City, the ground crew was completing their training and going on last leaves. One day, the first sergeant...
Bryan’s preference for aircraft depended on where he was. The P-47 was a great aircraft at low level. The P-51 was a...
Frank Buschmeier was put into a big room on the first night. All night long guys were coming in and were trying to find...
Herbertert Heilbrun believes in the power of prayer. On his fourth mission, Heilbrun was flying with 36 airplanes in...
Frank Buschmeier and his crew had been to Berlin. It was high time to have an easy mission. The guys were told it was...
Olen Grant left the service when his operations had been completed. The army tried to get him stay in the service after...
Herbert Heilbrun flew twin engines in his second stage of flight training. He flew the Cessna Bobcat [Annotator’s Note...
Y29 was a wonderful set up. They got there on 24 December [Annotator’s Note: 24 December 1944]. For the first time they...
Herbert Heilbrun wore long johns under woolen pants with a warm shirt under a Mae West [Annotators Note: inflatable...
When Grant enlisted he volunteered for the Army Air Corps. He knew that he would end up going eventually and he wanted...
For the first several months they were flying out of Bodney, they did not live on base. They lived in a hotel and were...
The first real fighter airplane Donald Bryan flew was the P-40D with the Merlin engine, not the Allison engine. They...
When Donald Bryan went back to Europe for his second combat tour, he returned to the same squadron. He was the senior...
Herbert Heilbrun wrote his last letter before his final mission. [Annotators Note: a baby has been crying for at least...
When Donald Bryan was going to junior college the US was paying for pilot training [Annotator’s Note: the Civilian...
Donald Bryan got five kills in one day. They had to new K14 sights and it was the first time he had ever fired with one...
Herbert Heilbrun went through the cadets with Lyle Pearson. On 29 December, Heilbrun lost track of Pearson who was...
[Annotators note. Heilbrun is showing a photograph of Lyle Pearson and himself to the interviewer]. Herbert Heilbrun...
Olen Grant only had one surgery while he was in Austria. In the hospital room Grant was in there were three Americans...
Grant was in town the night before the Stuttgart mission. He had waited around until about 8:00 o'clock before taking...
In 1943, the 328th was stationed at Mitchell Field, Long Island, New York. The 47th was stationed down near the coast....
To Donald Bryan, the best German fighter plane of the war was the Fw190 until they got the 262 [Annotator’s Note:...
Frank Buschmeier and his crew had another pilot for a few missions because the pilot was on leave. Fitzroy [Annotator's...

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