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Interview with Stephen Van Nostrand, a former executive at the Caltex Petroleum Corporation, discussing his service during World War II, his initial employment with Caltex (China) as an aviation representative in South China, the Chinese Revolution in 1949, his assignment as manager of the Caltex Okinawan operation from 1957 to 1959, relations with military government on Okinawa, the formation of Ryuku Oil Corporation, becoming head of marketing for Caltex (Japan) in 1960, his promotion to president of Caltex (Japan) in 1964, joint ventures with Nippon Oil Company and Koa Oil Company, increasing refining capacity from 60,000 bbls. to 900,000 bbls. per day, crude oil contracts, Nippon Petroleum Refining Company, refinery rehabilitation and construction, Shun Nomura and his role in Caltex operations in Japan, Caltex relations with MITI, Nippon Oil Staging Terminal Company, relations between Caltex (Japan) and New York headquarters, OPEC and its effects upon Caltex (Japan), character ... Read More
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Interview with Earl Sharp, Army Air Forces veteran (533rd Bomb Squadron, 381st Bomb Group, 8th Air Force), concerning his experiences as a B-17 pilot and a prisoner-of-war in the European Theater during World War II. Enlistment in the Air National Guard (154th Observation Squadron), 1939; enlistment in the Aviation Cadet Program, 1942; pre-flight training, Maxwell Field, Alabama, 1942; primary flight training, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 1942; basic flight training, Newport, Arkansas, 1942; advanced flight training, Blytheville, Arkansas, 1942-43; transition to B-17s, Sebring, Florida, 1943; formation of his combat crew, Pyote, Texas, 1943; additional combat crew training, Dalhart, Texas, 1943; journey from Grand Island, Nebraska, to the British Isles, 1943; assignment to the 533rd Bomb Squadron, 1944; his first mission, January 30, 1944; his detailed description of the mission when his plane was shot down, May 19, 1944; hospitalization for battle wounds; transfer to the interrogation center ... Read More
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Interview with Glenn M. Stinchcomb, an engineer and Navy veteran (VP-27), concerning his experiences as a PB4Y-2 co-pilot during World War II and the early years of the Cold War. Decision to enlist in the Navy on May 9, 1945; acceptance in the V-5 Program for naval aviators, Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas, 1945-46; pre-flight training, Naval Air Station, Ottumwa, Iowa, 1946; his decision to participate in the Holloway Program as a midshipman, 1946; primary flight training, Naval Air Station, Corpus Christi, 1947; basic flight training, Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida, 1947-48; PBY Catalina training, Pensacola; advanced flight training, Naval Air Station, Corpus Christi, Texas, 1948; PB4Y-2 training, Corpus Christi; airborne radar training, Naval Air Station, San Ysidro, California, 1948; training with submarines at San Diego, California, 1948; assignment to VP-27, Naval Air Station, Whidbey Island and Kodiak Island, Alaska; Alaskan weather and its effects on flying; ... Read More
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Interview with Earle Wilde, Army Air Forces veteran (612th/615th Bomb Squadrons, 401st Bomb Group, 8th Air Force), concerning his experiences as a B-17 bombardier in the European Theater during World War II. Service in the U.S. Navy, 1936-40; employment with the Cincinnati Police Department, 1940-42; enlistment in the Aviation Cadet Program, October 15, 1942; basic training, Fresno, California, 1943; College Training Detachment, University of Montana, 1943; pre-flight training, Santa Ana, California, 1943; his decision to volunteer for bombardier school, 1943; flexible gunnery training, Kingman, Arizona, 1943; bombardier school, Victorville, California, 1943; bomber transition training, Pyote, Texas, 1943-44; his assignment to the 401st Bomb Group, Deenethorpe, England, July, 1944; his first mission to Cologne; his descriptions of various missions; German flak; social life in England; meeting and courting his future wife; intricacies of bombing under combat conditions; his postwar ... Read More
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Interview with Robert H. Flatley, a business executive and Army Air Forces veteran (12th Fighter Squadron, 18th Fighter Group, 13th Air Force), concerning his experiences as a P-38 pilot in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Enlistment in the Aviation Cadet Program, November, 1942; basic training, Sheppard Field, Wichita Falls, Texas, 1942-43; pre-flight training, Santa Ana, California, 1943; primary flight training at Rankin Air Base, Tulare, California, 1943; basic flight training, Marana, Arizona, 1943; advanced flight training, Williams Field, Chandler, Arizona, 1943-44; gunnery training, Ajo, Arizona, and Victorville, California, 1944; P-38 training at Santa Maria Air Force Base, Santa Maria, California, 1944; his description of the intricacies of flying a P-38; assignment to Nadzab, New Guinea, and mission to Rabaul, 1945; assignment to the 13th Air Force at Morotai, 1945; transfer to various airstrips in the Philippines, 1945; mission to Sumatra and the destruction of ... Read More
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Interview with Harry Bradford Urey, Jr., mechanical engineer and Army Air Forces veteran (454th Bomb Squadron, 323rd Bomb Group, 9th Air Force), concerning his experiences as a B-26 pilot in the European Theater during World War II. His pre-service work experiences assembling the B-26 for the Glenn L. Martin Company in Baltimore, Maryland; flying characteristics of the B-26; basic training, Miami Beach, Florida, 1942; enlistment in the Aviation Cadet Program; primary flight training, Pine Bluff, Arkansas, 1943; basic flight training, Independence, Kansas, 1943-44; advanced flight training, Pampa, Texas, 1944; B-26 training, Dodge City, Kansas, 1944; formation of his crew, Barksdale Army Air Field, Shreveport, Louisiana, 1944-45; assignment to the 454th Bomb Squadron at Valenciennes, France, 1945; his first mission, March 24, 1945; German flak; his encounter with Me-262 fighter jets on April 4, 1945; postwar career. Appendix includes three leaves of a diary dated from March 24, 1945 to ... Read More
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Interview with George B. Andrews, Army Air Forces veteran (526th Fighter Squadron, 86th Fighter Group, 9th Air Force), concerning his experiences as a fighter pilot in the European Theater during World War II. Education; enlistment in the 7th Regiment, New York National Guard, 1941; federalization of the National Guard and the redesignation of his unit as the 207th Coast Artillery; enlistment in the Army Air Forces and acceptance as an Aviation Cadet, 1941; primary flight training, Corsicana, Texas, 1941-42; basic flight training, Randolph Field, San Antonio, Texas, 1942; advanced flight training, Foster Field, Victoria, Texas, 1942; assignment as a flight instructor, Perrin Field, Sherman, Texas, 1942-43; training Free French pilots, Selma, Alabama, and Richmond, Virginia, 1943-44; introduction to the P-47 Thunderbolt; assignment to Oscoda, Michigan, 1944; his marriage in October, 1944; assignment to the 526th Fighter Squadron in France, January, 1945; missions against railroad ... Read More
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Interview with James Driver, a Navy veteran (VS-55; USS Hancock), concerning his experiences as a dive-bomber and fighter pilot in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Enlistment in the Navy Aviation Cadet Program, 1941; various phases of training, Naval Air Station, Jacksonville, Florida; dive-bomber training, Daytona Beach, Florida, and Great Lakes Naval Air Station, 1942-43; assignment to VS-55, New Hebrides, 1943; convoy escort duty off New Hebrides; neutralization of Rabaul, 1944; return to the States, 1944; transfer to fighter planes; assignment to Air Group 6 as a F6F Hellcat pilot, Santa Rosa, California, 1944; experiences while flying combat air patrol off the carrier USS Hancock, 1944-45; providing cover for the Marine landings on Okinawa, April, 1945; combat against kamikazes; typhoon of June, 1945, off Okinawa; engagements against enemy fighters and kamikazes on the last day of the war; locating and dropping supplies to prisoner-of-war camps in Japan; return to the ... Read More
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Interview with Raymond Schneider, attorney and Army Air Forces veteran (710th Bomb Squadron, 447th Bomb Group, 8th Air Force), concerning his experiences as a B-17 pilot in the European Theater during World War II. Enlistment in the Aviation Cadet Program, 1942; basic training, Miami Beach, Florida, 1942; college preparatory program, Lafayette College, Easton, Pennsylvania, 1942-43; pre-flight training, Montgomery, Alabama, 1943; primary flight training, Georgia, 1943; basic flight training, Greenwood, Mississippi, 1943; advanced flight training, Columbus, Mississippi, 1943-44; his marriage after receiving his commission, 1944; B-17 transition training, Columbus, Ohio, 1944; formation of his crew, Avon Park, Florida, 1944; establishment of crew integrity; trans-Atlantic flight to England, 1944; assignment to the 447th Bomb Group, Rattlesden, England, 1944; his first mission, October, 1944; the process of forming up for mass bombing missions; various bombing missions to Merseburg, ... Read More
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Interview with Burton S. Pearsall, a Marine Corps veteran, concerning his experiences as a dive-bomber pilot in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Childhood and adolescence in Elgin, Illinois; enrollment at Iowa State University, 1940; enlistment in Naval Aviation Cadet Program, 1942; basic flight training, Wheaton, College, 1942; pre-flight school, Ottumwa, Iowa, 1943; advanced training, Corpus Christi Naval Air Station, 1943; decision to become a Marine Corps pilot; Cherry Point Marine Air Station; dive-bomber training, Camp Lejeune; assignment as an SBD pilot; additional SBD training, Newport, Arkansas; assignment to 1st Marine Aircraft Group (Squadron 143, 1st Marine Aircraft Group) at Mangaldan, Luzon, during the Philippines Campaign, February, 1945; comments about General Douglas MacArthur; ground-support operations; comments about his love for combat; operations on Mindanao; Battle for Manila, Corregidor; thoughts about the Japanese; the Japanese surrender and the end of ... Read More