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Walter Nelson loved the airplane he flew in [Annotators Note: TBF and TBM Avenger torpedo bombers]. It was slow but...
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...
Darold Rice remembers that the night of June 5th they heard the engines suddenly roar louder than they had ever heard...
William Dabney and his fellow soldiers tried to enjoy themselves whenever they could. They would engage in activities...
[Annotators Note: Robert Walter was a platoon sergeant in Company L, 3rd Battalion, 393rd Infantry Regiment, 99th...
Y29 was a wonderful set up. They got there on 24 December [Annotator’s Note: 24 December 1944]. For the first time they...
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...
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...
In 1944, they came out with water injection which added 200 horsepower. Bryan’s planes did not have it and he was a...
Alexander Vraciu was on a mission with a flight of 12 aircraft when he noticed five Zeros [Annotators Note: Mitsubishi...
Clayton Kelly Gross was born in Walla Walla, Washington, a town so pretty they named it twice. Gross remarks it is...
Clarence Anderson had to fly differently than usual because of the amount of fuel he had aboard. All of the fighters...
Freddie Ohr was sitting around in a tent for two and a half days. Sandborne informed him that there would not be a test...
Years later Vejtasa asked Japanese veterans if they had thought about strafing the deck and they said no. Vejtasa would...
Richard Candelaria thinks it is a shame that the American public did not get to see their 8th Air Force. They were able...
While escorting bombers Clarence Anderson was leading his flight to the front of the bomber formation when he noticed a...
Yellin is not sure if he was fired upon during landings and take offs from Iwo Jima. Yellin recalls that one of his...
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...
[Annotators Note: Clarence Anderson served in the USAAF as a fighter pilot flying P-51 Mustangs with the 363rd Fighter...
Freddie Ohr went from Corsica Italy to Medina, Italy. They flew out of there on a short steel runway. They flew all of...
On the morning of the battle, Vejtasa was flying CAP. Jimmy Flately and Johnny Leppla were flying escort for the...
Freddie Ohr had a lot of things happened to him. The first guy Ohr encountered really tried to make it tough on him....
Freddie Ohr thought that it was an exciting mission [Annotators Note: See Freddie Ohr Segment 17]. He thought that...
During the second Truk raid Alexander Vraciu was on a morning hop escorting bombers when they were attacked by a group...
Richard Candelaria credits the 8th Air Force for never having been turned back on a mission by enemy action. Enemy...
McKee relates the story of how his new crew lost their original Navigator and Bombardier when they bailed out of their...
Henry Bourgeois' first air to air combat was over Bougainville. When the dive bombers went into their dive, the entire...
Clayton Kelly Gross should have been on the first combat mission, but when it happened he was in the hospital with a...
Leahr was shipped overseas in early 1944. He had graduated in Class 43-G [Annotator's Note: Class 43-G graduated in...
Ensign Earnest said that as he was heading down, he lost elevator control; the stick was loose in his hand. Ensign...
McGee liked the P-51 [Annotator's Note: Mustang, American fighter plane] because it had more speed, range, and altitude...
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...

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