Streaming Media


Oral History interview of Hellman, Raphael R. Interview conducted by Metzger, Lewis at University of Central Florida Library in Orlando, FL.


0:00 Introduction; 0:37 Early Life and Childhood; 1:20 Early Military Service/ Arriving in Florida; 2:52 Description of Plane Crash/ Story of being Buried Alive; 4:15 Combat Crash/ Casualties from the crash; 5:42 Story of shooting a crew member to save them from burning alive; 8:15 Enlistment; 9:20 Reason for picking Army Air Corps/ Employment with Boeing's Impact; 11:08 Story regarding unpredictable pilot's attempted suicide; 14:05 Reason for leaving Army Air Corps; 16:54 Employment with General Motors; 18:04 Meeting and marrying his wife; 20:04 Lack of Combat experience; 20:15 Brother's Combat Experience; 22:23 Story of Being Buried Alive in Florida/ Memorable Moment during his Service; 23:46 Food during military service; 24:42 Recreation; 25:15 Humorous Stories; 27:37 Travels across the United States/ Hospital named after sister; 31:42 Hearing about the end of World War II/ Family after the war; 32:57 Last Days in the Service/ returning to Central Florida/Working for GM; 34:32 Education after Military Service; 35:48 Interactions with other soldiers/ Difficulty regarding maintaining contact with fellow soldiers; 37:20 Military Service's effect on Hellman's Life; 37:51 Plane crash into a Seattle-area Meat packing plant; 39:33 Thoughts about military service and reason for leaving/ Family members who served in Vietnam; 40:55 Overview of his life; 42:15 Conclusion.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Tarahote (Ind.)




White - Non Hispanic

Home State


War or Conflict

World War II



Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Army Air Corps

Unit of Service

B-24 Crewman

Location of Service

Texas; Florida; Europe; Germany; Lechfeld Air Base (Germany)

Highest Rank

Private First Class; PFC

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury



See the video

City of Birth


Country of Birth

United States

Interview Date


Location of Interview

Metzger, Lewis


Hellman, Raphael R.; World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives; United States. Army. Air Corps

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


Metzger, Lewis

Length of Interview

42 Minutes


Department of History, University of Central Florida


MovingImage; Video


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