Oral History interview of Orland Neidlinger. Interview conducted by Charles, Dominic at Winter Park, FL.
0:30 Raised on a farm; 1:20 Family of seven siblings; 2:04 Only family member with college education; 2:30 Not influenced by friends or family to volunteer as cadet; 2:46 Mechanical engineering training, did not use Gl benefits after war; 3:23 23 years old when he decided to enlist; 3:40 Apprehensive about enlisting; 4:14 Family was not thrilled that he enlisted; 4:25 Made bullet proof gas tanks for airplanes; 5:30 Had to enlist to be an aviation cadet, had two years of college education; 6:00 Had just married, wife was pregnant when he was going to war; 6:35 After fall of England, felt he had to go to war for fear of Germany; 7:02 Not property equipped for basic training; 8:13 Sent to college in Wichita while army prepared for B-29 training; 9:00 Three phases of training; 10:52 Made lifelong friends in training; 12:11 Didn't know anything about the B-29 program before joining; 13:00 Construction of bomber plant in Atlanta; 13:47 Enthusiasm for airplanes as child inspired joining of air corps; 14:11 Rockford Blackhawk flying club; 15:15 Maintenance/engineering officer; flight engineer training; 15:45 Details on flight engineer training; 16:48 Daily routines; learning mechanical/electrical functions of B-29; 18:00 Problems with B-29 initially; 19:00 Learning curve with new airplanes; 19:30 Food that was eaten during service and training; 20:20 V-J day in San Francisco; 20:55 Golfing, Sailing, killing time while waiting for discharge; 21:31 Free time confined to base, daily routine; 22:00 Base activities; 22:37 Would like to have been deployed, relieved to go home; 23:20 Feelings have not changed since going home; 24:06 Family was relieved he did not get deploy; 24:20 After atomic bombings, was confident the war would end quickly; 25:40 Patriotism in the war effort; 26:27 Life after the war; 28:44 What a country elevator is.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Hispanic
War or Conflict
World War II
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
U.S. Air Force
Unit of Service
B29 Preparation to Japan
Location of Service
Second Lieutenant; 2ndLt
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
See the video
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Winter Park, FL.
Neidlinger, Orland R.; World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives; United States. Air Force
Contains logs, audio and video recordings of interviews with Central Florida's veterans as part of a history class project for the students at the University of Central Florida (UCF). The UCF Community Veterans History Project(CVHP) started in fall 2010. It collects, preserves, and makes accessible to the public the experiences of Central Florida's veterans so that future generations will better understand the realities of conflict. It is a collaborative endeavor supported by multiple departments and offices at UCF. The veterans' histories are archived and made digitally available through the UCF library and selected materials are contributed to the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress.
Contributor Affiliation / Organization
RICHES; University of Central Florida
Length of Interview
Department of History, University of Central Florida
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Central Florida, RICHES of, "Neidlinger, Orland Ray interview" (2013). Veterans Oral Histories. 134.