Oral History interview of William Richardson. Interview conducted by Rasso, Erika; Alvazos, Nia at Veteran's Home.
00:08 Lead; 00:44 Biographical information; 1:00 Early life, Pearl Harbor; 3:43 Decision to enlist in Air Force Reserves; 5:41 Reports to basic training; 6:54 Flight training; 9:56 Chooses B-52, enters advanced training; 10:45 Chooses Flight Crew; 12:17 First overseas combat orders to New Guinea; 14:24 New assignment in Philippines; 14:34 Describes first missions; 16:34 Typical missions; 18:27 Aids Australia in reclaiming Borneo; 20:03 Defining moment of USAF career; 25:02 Experience in Okinawa, Japan; 30:42 What it was like flying; 31:43 His location when WWII ended; 33:00 Receiving orders to go home; 33:20 Sight of Hiroshima; 35:18 Travel home; 37:02 Homecoming to family; 38:16 Correspondence with family while overseas; 38:50 Recipient of Air Medal; 39:37 Readjusting to civilian life; 41:40 Beginning of Insurance career; 42:30 Keeping in touch with other soldiers; 43:51 Life lessons learned from military; 45:06 Continuing to fly in a Church group; 48:38 Last remarks on combat; 57:09 Showing mementos and medals.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
World War II
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
Army Air Corp; 38th Bomb Group, 71st Bomb Squadron; Pilot B-25
Location of Service
First Lieutenant; 1LT
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Sank one of last Japanese ships of WWII; Responsible for saving life of fellow pilot (Carl Hinshaw) and crew. Carl's family owns the Chalet Suzanne in Lake Wales.
Pilot managing crew by the age of 19. Served in 26 Missions.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Rasso, Erika; Alvazos, Nia
Location of Interview
Richardson, William H.; World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives; United States. Army
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
Rasso, Erika; Alvazos, Nia
Length of Interview
Department of History, University of Central Florida
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Central Florida, RICHES of, "Richardson, William H. interview" (2014). Veterans Oral Histories. 208.