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Description

Oral History interview of Douglas Canning. Interview conducted by Bradfield, Daniel at Veteran's Home in Maitland, FL.

Log

0:05 Introduction; 0:34 Birth Date and Location; 0:48 Parents Jobs; 1:09 Education Prior to Military; 2:07 Civilian Pilot Training; 2:48 Results of 1st course of Pilot Training; 2:56 Second course of Pilot Training; 3:26 Joining the Army Air Corps; 3:45 Getting ready for War; 4:19 Graduating Army Air Corps Initial training; 4:33 After Graduation Leave 10 day vs 5 day; 4:40 First Assignment to Hamilton Field; 5:29 Guys on 5 day leave already heading to Philippines; 6:21 Training on a P-40 at the Navy Field; 7:13 First Solo ride; 8:33 First landing; 9:44 Additional training Flights; 10:00 Shipping out to the Pacific; 10:02 Back to Hamilton for three more weeks; 10:24 Shipping out to Destination unknown then stopping after 26 days; 11:53 Female German Spy in Fiji; 12:24 Nandi Field B25s sink subs that were sent after his ship; 13:25 First reactions to Fiji; 13:38 Assigned to P-39s at Nandi field Fiji; 14:15 Description of Unit; 14:22 Living conditions; 15:02 Opinion of Spain; 15:34 Living Conditions (continued); 15:55 Life at Henderson Field; 16:41 Duties in a P-39; 17:10 Job at Guadalcanal; 17:22 Bombing Japanese; 17:57 Marines F4Fs; 18:37 Daily Life on Guadalcanal; 18:48 P-38 Lightings; 18:50 Back to New Caledonia Opinion of P-38; 19:50 P-38 Duties; 20:32 How he became the flight leader; 20:55 Accounts of Escort Missions.

Date of Birth

1919-07-04

Place of Birth

Wayne (Neb.)

Gender

Male

Race

White - Non Hispanic

Home State

Nebraska

War or Conflict

World War II

Status

Veteran

1969-01-01

Entrance into Service

Enlisted

Branch of Service

U.S. Air Force

Unit of Service

70th squadron; 339 squadron; 35th fighter group Korea; 347th Guadalcanal

Location of Service

Hamilton Air Force Base (Calif.); Fiji; Guadalcanal (Spain)

Highest Rank

Lieutenant Colonel; LtCol

Prisoner of War

Unspecified

Service Related Injury

Unspecified

Battles

Operation Vengeance

Medals

Silver Star Medal; Lion Cross; Air Medal

Achievements

Shot down Admiral Yamamoto.

Note

Awarded 2 Lion Crosses, 3 Air Medals and 28 ribbons.

City of Birth

Wayne

Country of Birth

United States

Interviewer

Bradfield, Daniel

Interview Date

3-24-2015

Location of Interview

Veteran's Home in Maitland, FL.

Subjects

Canning, Douglas S.; World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives; 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

Contributors

Bradfield, Daniel

Length of Interview

87 Minutes

Publisher

Department of History, University of Central Florida

Type

Video; MovingImage

Rights

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. http://library.ucf.edu/about/departments/special-collections-university-archives/

Repository

University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type

Interview


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