Veterans Oral Histories

Streaming Media

Document Type

Video

Interview Date

3-1-2013

Abstract

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.

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