0:01 Introduction; 0:51 Early Childhood; 3:14 Being Sent to a Catholic School; 6:24 Return to New York City and Mother; 7:00 Manhattan School of Aviation; 8:05 World War 2 Begins; 9:00 Being Accepted into the Aviation Cadet Plan; 9:40 Basic and Advanced Training; 10:20 Pre-Flight training; 10:47 Flight Training; 11:08 Graduation and B-17 Training; 12:55 Assignment to 8th Air Force; 13:34 Typical Bomber Mission in England; 17:40 B-17G Advances Over Previous Models; 19:02 German Pilots; 19:20 Length of a Typical Mission; 20:12 Vulnerability When Returning Home; 20:41 Anti-Aircraft Hazards; 22:44 Film â€œ12 Oâ€˜clock Highâ€œ About 303rd; 23:13 Tail Markers & Naming Aircraft; 23:51 Flight Crew & Bombing Formations; 25:01 Post Mission & Off Time; 26:21 Abnormal Flight Days & Continuous Training; 27:11 V-Mail; 27:53 Return to States/Air Rescue Assignment; 30:04 End of War & Staying in Service; 31:31 Transfer to Massachusetts & Switch to SA-16; 32:29 Marriage/Deployment to Korea; 33:06 Part 2 Introduction; 34:03 Korean Mission; 35:06 Okinawa/Helping Japanese Fisherman; 36:59 Travels While Stationed in Okinawa; 37:43 Best Memory of Okinawa Assignment; 38:51 Various Assignments and Promotion to Major; 40:42 Eglin AFB Future Planning Operations; 41:26 Panama Mission & Promotion to Colonel; 44:10 Vietnam Deployment with 1st Air Cav; 47:17 Military Retirement/Working for C&A Financial; 49:26 Favorite Aircraft to Fly (C-118); 50:19 Final Thoughts & Conclusion
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 collaborativeendeavor 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
Department of History, University of Central Florida
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Central Florida, RICHES of, "Gonzalez, Santiago interview" (2014). Veterans Oral Histories. 287.