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Attorney. 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, Germany, 1944; description of flying through enemy flak; flak damage on a mission to Mannheim, Germany, 1944; enemy fighter opposition; various missions to Berlin, 1944-45; mission during the Battle of the Bulge, Christmas Eve, 1944; encounters with enemy jet fighters; his thirty-fifth mission and rotation back to the States.

About this Oral History

Physical Description 96 pp.
Terms of Use Open
Interviewer(s) Ronald E. Marcello
Date of Interview December 8, 2000

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