Bailing out/loss of plane

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Herbertert Heilbrun believes in the power of prayer. On his fourth mission, Heilbrun was flying with 36 airplanes in...
Darold Rice remembers that the night of June 5th they heard the engines suddenly roar louder than they had ever heard...
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...
[Annotators Note: Robert Freligh served as a TBF and TBM Avenger torpedo bomber pilot in Torpedo Squadron 13, VT13,...
Frank Buschmeier and his crew had another pilot for a few missions because the pilot was on leave. Fitzroy [Annotator's...
Darold Rice and his men made their way over the sand dunes and passed by the bodies of several dead Germans. They came...
When Robert Freligh got out of the navy he went back to school at Albion College in Albion, Michigan. They had to go to...
Frank Buschmeier got seven letters in one day at Stalag Luft IV. One of the men volunteered to read his letters for him...
Sabol was born in 1924 and knew when the war broke out that he would have to serve in one branch or another. He chose...
Sherman was born and raised near Toledo, Ohio. He attended school in Toledo. He was fortunate enough to take classes at...
John Noack went on to fly on 1 December to fly his 13th mission. It also happened to be Noack’s 24th birthday. He came...
Jones believes that the raid was important and worth the risk and cost. After the raid the men just kept on going.Jones...
The torpedo planes flew into Espiritu Santo. They stayed on Espiritu Santo for about a week. They sent 6 TBF's [...
John Noack got the emergency radio set up. Noack had a little difficulty getting everything set up. Noack got seasick...
One of Clarence Anderson's men came across a German pilot shooting at men in parachutes. He shot the German down and...
[Annotator’s Note: This segment was a time code drop from the beginning of the second tape.] Joseph Armanini discusses...
Freddie Ohr went from Corsica Italy to Medina, Italy. They flew out of there on a short steel runway. They flew all of...
One of the new pilots from Vejtasa's group got lost during the battle. He tried to make it to Guadalcanal but couldn't...
Sabol was flying at 28,500 feet when he was shot down. He had heard about other guys being shot at by fighter planes on...
Onesi recalls the aircraft flying in a very tight V formation to protect each other. They bombed their targets during...
During the second Truk raid Alexander Vraciu was on a morning hop escorting bombers when they were attacked by a group...
They started flying and did not quit flying from that point on. Geraldine Nyman was stationed in Long Beach, California...
In January 1944, Yellin was sent to Thunderbird Field in Arizona. That was where he took his primary training. He was...
Instead of heading into the mountains, the Chinese man took them to Canton. They spent several days in Canton. After...
Baynham was based at Tibenham, England where there were numerous airfields that were three or four miles apart. Every...
The 109's [Annotator's Note: Messerschmitt Bf-109] undercarriage wasn't very sensible. Early on when they trained...
They were taken into the pillbox and searched [Annotator’s Note: after being captured by Germans near Aachen in...
McKee relates the story of how his new crew lost their original Navigator and Bombardier when they bailed out of their...
Oscar Johnson went to Kingman, Arizona for gunnery school and then to Lincoln, Nebraska to assemble the crew. From...
On the trip from Pendleton to Columbia [Annotators Note: Oregon to South Carolina in December 1941] Richard Cole was...
Louis Zamperini thought that the mission [Annotator's Note: to bomb Wake Island] was a piece of cake because they were...
Onesi and the other waist gunner were taken to a German hospital, he was wounded by a machine gun, but the Germans did...
Yellin had to fly the next day after he bailed out in the ocean. He notes that the P-40 was a great airplane. There was...
They got to the target [Annotator’s Note: Bridge on the River Kwai] at 9:00 in the morning and no other aircraft were...

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