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
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
World War II
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
U.S. Army Air Corps
Unit of Service
Location of Service
Texas; Florida; Europe; Germany; Lechfeld Air Base (Germany)
Private First Class; PFC
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
See the video
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Hellman, Raphael R.; World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives; United States. Army. Air Corps
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
Department of History, University of Central Florida
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UCF Community Veterans History Project
Central Florida, RICHES of, "Hellman, Raphael R. interview" (2011). Veterans Oral Histories. 327.