Wisconsin Veterans Museum Research Center
Paul Fergot details his Army Air Force training, the crew on his plane, his missions as Navigator flying out of Italy, being shot down, evading capture before turning himself in, and his prisoner of war experiences. While a freshman in college, Fergot recalls radio announcements of Pearl Harbor and reactions on campus. He talks about his reasons for joining the Army Air Forces and how his interest grew from his father taking him on a plane ride when he was nine. Fergot describes the induction process at the 8th Street Theatre in Chicago (Illinois), basic training in Miami (Florida), College Training Detachment at the University of West Virginia, classification testing at Nashville Army Air Center, pre-flight at Maxwell Field (Alabama), primary flight at Laudwick's School of Aeronautics (where he washed out), advanced navigation at Salmon Field (Louisiana), and replacement training unit at Muroc (California). Talking about segregation, he mentions the differences on and off post. He ... Read More
Wisconsin Veterans Museum Research Center
Cullen, a Madison (Wisconsin) native, discusses his service with the 494th Bomb Group, 7th Air Force in the Pacific theater during World War II. He mentions being drafted after high school graduation at Madison Central in 1942 and subsequent basic Air Corps training at Keesler Field (Mississippi). Cullen recalls training for officer corps, boxing, and seeing "colored troops" in segregated training. He relates public segregation in Biloxi (Mississippi), his CTD training at Austin College, flight training in Sherman (Texas), and playing pool with a "local girl." Describing gunnery school and training at the skeet range, Cullen recalls a story of his chronograph watch. Cullen discusses his B-24 crew training at Muroc Army Air Base (California), Los Angeles night life, his experiences meeting movie actors Gabby Hayes and Eric von Stroheim, and his boxing matches with soldiers. He mentions his flight crew member profiles and details adventures while on liberty in San Francisco. After ... Read More
Wisconsin Veterans Museum Research Center
Bell, a Tomahawk, Wis. native, discusses his World War II service as a B-24 pilot with the 11th Bomb Group, 89th Squadron of the Army Air Corps. He talks about pre-flight training at San Antonio (Texas), flight training at Fort Worth, crew assignment at Fresno (California), and crew training at March Field. Bell discusses military life in Hawaii, gunnery school at Hickam Field, and night training missions. Upon his arrival on Guam, Bell joined the 11th Bomb Group and tells of flying missions against Iwo Jima, Chi Chi Jima, Marchu Islands, and Truk. He details a mission to Iwo Jima where his airplane was damaged by its own bomb and another mission to Guam where the plane was hit by ground fire. Bell touches upon his return to the United States and discharge at Fort McCoy
University of Michigan - Bentley Historical Library
Interior photograph of Willow Run Bomber Plant
Florida State University - Special Collections Department
Robert H. Dodd was in the Army Air Force during World War II and served with the 459th Bombardment Group. His collection includes handwritten letters to his parents about his Air Force training in the USA and time overseas in Italy and North Africa. The collection also includes an oral history about his upbringing, time in Yugoslavia, Austria and Italy during the war and his retirement in Florida. Aerial photographs of Italian and Romanian cities and newspaper photocopies are also included
Brigham Young University - Harold B. Lee Library
Interview conducted by Kenneth R. Schielier at the Confederate Air Force Oral History center on 22 March 1989. Dennerlein talks about his training as a gunner in the United States Air Corps, his assignment to the 866th Bomb Squadron, and discusses his experiences on the B-24 aircraft inthe South Pacific Theater
Brigham Young University - Harold B. Lee Library
Contains a handwritten letter commenting on the relationship Olsen maintained with his family and church throughout the war. Also contains a memoir outlining Olsen's life, with twenty-five pages devoted to his military service. Discusses his induction into the Navy, his training as both an airplane mechanic and a machine gunner, and his impressions of life in military camps and in Oklahoma City. Records his impressions gathered from watching fatal training accidents involving his comrades. Includes numerous details of B-24 mechanics and accounts of his many training flights. Never seeing combat, he was sent to England to salvage old B-24 Liberator bombers and bring them back to America. Also includes details of his post-war responsibilities in the Navy, primarily logistic in nature, in Europe and North Africa. Includes a description of the weather, natives, and living conditions in Morocco. Also discusses his attitudes towards veterans and the honor they deserve. One photograph in the ... Read More
Archives of Michigan
The collection consists of photographs, some textual records, an Air Force class "year book" and Smith's U.S. Army Air Forces cap. All photographs date from World War II, and Smith had placed most of them in his personal photo album. The photos were carefully removed from the album due to preservation concerns. In some cases, Smith hand wrote photo captions on album papers. Each caption was carefully transcribed by hand on the back of the pertinent photo. The photo album front cover was kept and filed with oversize materials. On the inside cover, Smith affixed patches of the U.S. Air Force, the 5th Air Force and the 529th Squadron. Aerial photos depict Pacific locations and often show Allied bombing operations. Identified locations include Namlea, Celebes and the Kai Islands (all part of Indonesia); Mindanao (part of the Philippines); Formosa (now Taiwan) and Timor. Non-aerial photos depict people, airplanes and scenery. There is a portrait of Smith, in his flying gear (Smith was a ... Read More
Florida State University - Special Collections Department
Seven photographs: 1) Line of parked P-51s at unidentified airfield, 2) Ladd Army Airfield, 3) P-39s taking off (photo from Bell Aircraft Corporation),4) P-51 "Buffalo Belle," 5) A C-47 Sky Train, 6) Cartoon of Japanese occupation of Kiska Harbor, 7) B-24 "My Baby" and crew: John C. Bechtel, Navigator; Robert A. Weiss, Pilot; R. C. Murphy, Co-Pilot; E. R. Michael, Bombardier; A. Centore, Ball Turret Gunner; L.J. Binghold, Radio Operator; W. M. Leighton, Nose Gunner and Assistant Engineer; J.W. Shupping, Top Turret Gunner; E. R. Herron--Tail Turret Gunner and Assistant Radio Operator; J. E. Williamson, Engineer
US Army Heritage and Education Center
The William G. Showalter collection consists of materials documenting his service in the United States (U.S.) Army Air Corps during World War II and his veteran's activities. The collection contains personal correspondence between Showalter and his wife, Erla, certificates for U.S. Army Air Corps courses, news clippings from events after World War II, and photographs of Italy and a 765th Bombardment Squadron, 461st Bombardment Group reunion. The bulk of the collection is printed materials including War Department field and technical manuals, booklets on instruction for air gunners, a copy of Standardization handbook for B-24 engineers, and a booklet on the Browning machine gun


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