Oral History interview of Les Hendrickson. Interview conducted by Josiah Myers at Westminster Towers, Orlando, FL.
0:30 Born in Indiana; 1:00 Parents occupations Went; 1:49 to Indiana University; 4:01 Joining the Military Training; 5:50 Volunteering for B-17's; 7:17 Learning to fly; 7:50 Places Stationed; 9:00 Last tour, Thailand Assignment; 9:47 England; 11:10 Average Day; 13:28 Memorable Moments; 15:44 Bailing out of B-24; 19:14 Proposing to Wife; 20:00 Entertainment; 21:52 Alaska Search and Rescue; 24:44 Discharged; 25:43 After the Military; 27:20 B-29 Story; 31:29 End of Interview.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
War or Conflict
World War II
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
U.S. Air Force
Unit of Service
Military Air Traffic Command
Location of Service
Japan; England; Thailand
Lieutenant Colonel; Lieutenant Colonel (LtCol)
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Exchange Duty with Royal Air Force
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Westminster Towers, Orlando, FL.
Hendrickson, Les; World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal Narratives; United States. Air Force
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
30 Minutes, 31 Seconds
Department of History, University of Central Florida
video / mp4; DVD
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University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives
UCF Community Veterans History Project
Central Florida, RICHES of, "Hendrickson, Les interview" (2015). Veterans Oral Histories. 402.