Oral History interview of Donald Jones. Interview conducted by Sims, Jordan; Garcia, Luis at Veterans Home.
00:24 Birth place, family, and life before service; 1:45 Entering service with the Air Force/basic training; 8:30 Combat Mission at Clark Field; 9:40 Mr. Jones' reaction to the first atomic bomb; 10:30 The surrender of the Japanese; 11:17 Specifics of the B-25; 19:37 Average life in the Pacific; 23:20 Passing time and crafting things; 23:40 Interactions with the locals; 28:26 Reactions to the end of the war; 29:20 Death of a Fellow airman.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
World War II
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
5th Air Force, 354th Bomb Group, 500th Bomb Squadron
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
350 miles from bombing of Hiroshima, has photographs of IE Shima where Japanese surrendering officials were transported through, was part of the first occupational forces in Japan
Was in several battles and awarded several medals. Stated that the only injury he sustained was mental stress; has artifacts and memorabilia he would like to find somewhere to donate.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Sims, Jordan; Garcia, Luis
Location of Interview
Jones, Donald R.; 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
Sims, Jordan; Garcia, Luis
Length of Interview
Department of History, University of Central Florida
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Central Florida, RICHES, "Jones, Donald Randall interview" (2014). Veterans Oral Histories. 415.