Streaming Media


Oral History interview of Hiram Mann. Interview conducted by Wilt, Ashley at Mann Residence.


0:00-0:40 Introduction; 0:41 -5:22 Early life, states lived in, education; 5:23-8:05 Enlists in Air Force reserve and discusses experiences with other race groups; 8:06-10:05 Interviewer asks 'After first year of college did you enter military?' 10:06-12:06 Interviewer asks about life prior to entering the service; 12:07-17:29 Describes writing a letter to the War Department to gain admittance to Army-Air Corps. Describes establishment of black training facility; 17:30-22:12 Describes entering Army-Air Force and active duty; 22:13-EOD1 End of Disk 1 (EOD1 ) Describes leaving Tuskegee Institute. Start of Second Disk 0:00-9:00 Discusses instances of cadets cheating during exams and race relations at base; 9:01-19:20 Discusses specific training exercises, going to Savannah, Georgia, North Africa. Relieving other units; 19:21-EOD2 Discusses post-service experiences. Start of Third Disk 0:00-20:20 Discussions missions conducted. 20:21-EOI End of interview (EOI). Discusses taking his wife to places he's been during his service. Ends interview with his thoughts on the military.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

New York (N.Y.)




Black or African American

Home State

New York

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

332 Fighter Group

Highest Rank

Lieutenant Colonel; LtCol

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury



Tuskegee Airman- First Generation to be admitted to flight training program; Combat Fighter Pilot

City of Birth

New York

Country of Birth

United States


Wilt, Ashley

Interview Date


Location of Interview

Mann Residence.


Mann, Hiram E.; World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives; Women and the military -- United States; United States. Air Force

Collection Description

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

30 Minutes


Department of History, University of Central Florida


MovingImage; Video; Sound; Audio


All rights are held by the respective holding institution. This material is posted publicly for non-profit educational uses, excluding printed publication. For permission to reproduce and/or for copyright information contact Special Collections and University Archives, University of Central Florida Libraries, (407) 823-2576.


University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type