OH 1440

Aviation executive. His experiences as an antiaircraft radar operator in the European Theater during World War II. Comments about his German ancestors and growing up in O’Fallon, Missouri; sports activities; college life at the University of Missouri; decision to join the Aviation Cadet Program, 1941; primary flight training, Ballinger, Texas, 1942; washing out of flight training; courtship of his future wife; Officer Candidate School, Miami, Florida, 1942; ground radar training, Goldsboro, North Carolina, 1943; assignment to Scotland for further training, 1943-44; transfer to “Ripsaw 4,” 1944; transfer to France; his description of the liberation of the Buchenwald concentration camp; his description of the hospital and commandant’s quarters at Buchenwald; end of the war in Europe and preparations for the invasion of Japan; his postwar marriage.

About this Oral History

Physical Description 85 pp.
Terms of Use Open
Interviewer(s) William J. Alexander
Date of Interview February 14, 2000

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