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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
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Interview with Richard O. Stewart, an airline pilot and Army Air Forces veteran (419th Night Fighter Squadron, 18th Fighter Group, 13th Air Force), concerning his experiences as a fighter pilot in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Enlistment in the Aviation Cadet Program, 1942; influence of Charles Lindbergh's non-stop Atlantic flight on his goal to become a pilot; basic training, Santa Ana, California, 1942; primary flight training, Dos Palos, California, 1942; basic flight training, Marana, Arizona, 1942; advanced flight training, Williams Field, Arizona, 1942-43; basic and advanced night fighter training, Orlando and Kissimmee, Florida, 1943; assignment to the 419th Night Fighter Squadron, 1943; assignment to the 18th Fighter Group, Guadalcanal, 1943; living conditions on Guadalcanal; searchlight and intruder missions while flying the P-38; his strafing of a Japanese patrol along the coast of Bougainville; his "kill" of a Japanese Betty bomber on New Year's Eve, 1944; his ... Read More
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Interview with Leslie W. Bray, Jr., an Army Air Forces veteran (16th Combat Cargo Squadron), concerning his experiences in the China-Burma-India Theater during World War II. His youth during the Great Depression; early aspirations to become an aviator; initial failures to pass the Air Forces physical examination; acceptance into the Aviation Cadet Program, January, 1942; primary flight training, Coleman, Texas, 1942; basic flight training, Randolph Field, San Antonio, Texas, 1942; advanced flight training, Foster Field, Victoria, Texas, 1942; assignment to Troop Carrier Command, October, 1942; flying C-47s with the 1st Troop Carrier Command, Sedalia, Missouri, 1942; training with the 10th Troop Carrier Group, Pope Field, North Carolina, 1942-43; appointment as assistant group operations officer for the 10th Troop Carrier Group; Air Force School of Applied Tactics, Dunnellon, Florida, 1943; training of replacement units at various Air Force installations, 1943-44; designation as the ... Read More
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Interview with JoEarl Morris, Army Air Forces veteran (14th Bomb Wing, 392nd Bomb Group, 2nd Bomb Division, 8th Air Force), concerning his experiences as a B-24 bombardier in the European Theater during World War II. His education and employment in the oil industry; enlistment in the Aviation Cadet Program, 1942; basic training, Kelly Field, San Antonio, Texas, 1942; primary flight training, Victory Field, Vernon, Texas, 1942; his washing out of pilot training; ground school, Ellington Air Force Base, Houston, Texas, 1942; bombardier training, Midland Air Force Base, Midland, Texas, 1942; navigator training, Hondo, Texas, 1942; duty as an instructor at Midland Air Force Base, 1942-43; radar training, Boca Raton, Florida, 1943; H2X radar training at Langley Field, Virginia, 1943; his assignment to the 14th Bomb Wing, 2nd Bomb Division, in England as a lead bombardier, 1944; his description of German flak and fighter opposition; his transfer to the 392nd Bomb Group, 1944; his comments ... Read More
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Interview with Theodore Lindquist, aircraft worker and Marine Corps veteran (Bombing Squadron VMB-433), concerning his experiences as an aerial gunner in the Southwest Pacific Theater during World War II. His youth during the Great Depression; enlistment in the Marine Corps, September, 1942; boot camp, Parris Island, South Carolina, 1942; aviation mechanics school, Naval Air Station, Jacksonville, Florida, 1943; gunnery school, Hollywood, Florida, 1943; assignment to VMB-433, Cherry Point, North Carolina, 1943; training as a turret-gunner on the PBJ (B-25) medium bomber, Peterfield Point, North Carolina, 1943-44; combat training at Naval Air Station, El Centro, California, 1944; voyage across the Pacific to Espiritu Santo, 1944; assignment to Green Island, June, 1944; assignment to Emirau, August, 1944; living conditions on Emirau; "night-heckling" missions; low-level strafing missions; rest and relaxation leave in Australia; daylight high-altitude bombing missions to Rabaul and ... Read More
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Interview with Edna Gardner Whyte concerning her experiences learning to fly (1926-1927); appointment to the Navy Nurse Corps (1929); flying in New Bedford, Massachusetts and comments on the Newport resort area (early 1930s); success in air race competitions (1930s-1970s); comments on Amelia Earhart and women pioneers in aviation; operation of New Orleans Air College (1935-1941); work in the Philippines with the Army Nurse Corps (1945-1946); employment as flying salesperson for Channelchrome Company throughout United States, Canada, and Central America (1955-1969); experiences flying helicopters and seaplanes; operation of Aero Valley Flying School in Roanoke, Texas (1969-1979).