OH 1403 | Oral History

OH 1403

Accountant. His experiences as a B-26 pilot in the European Theater during World War II. Enlistment in the Army Air Forces, 1942; pre-flight training, Kelly Field, San Antonio, Texas, 1942; primary flight training, Uvalde, Texas, 1942; basic flight training, Randolph Field, San Antonio, Texas, 1942-43; advanced flight training, Ellington Field, Houston, Texas, 1943; bomber transition training, Barksdale Field, Shreveport, Louisiana, 1943; flying characteristics of the B-26; crew assignments and the description of persons in his crew; his flight overseas to Sardinia, 1944; assignment to the 320th Bomb Group at Decimomannu, Sardinia, 1944; living conditions at “Decimo”; his first mission, March, 1944, to the marshalling yards at Rome; bombing of the abbey of Monte Cassino, March 14, 1944; Operation STRANGLE, April-May, 1944; bridge-busting tactics; enemy flak and fighter opposition; battle stress; Operation DRAGOON and the invasion of southern France; the bombing of Toulon, August 10, 1944; transfer to Corsica, September, 1944; mission, November, 1944; reassignment to the States and mustering out of the service.

About this Oral History

Physical Description 106 pp. plus documents (45 pp.)
Terms of Use Open
Interviewer(s) Ronald E. Marcello
Date of Interview March 5, 2001

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