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Description

Oral History interview of Charles Wiles. Interview conducted by Thorpe, Alex at Veteran's Residence.

Log

0:32 Birthplace; 0:53 Siblings; 1:41 Childhood; 3:03 Education; 3:37 Training; 3:58 England, POW; 5:24 Enlisting In the Air Force; 6:00 Basic Training; 6:20 Drill Sergeants; 6:43 Advanced Training; 7:28 Arriving In England; 7:52 Flight Engineer; 8:28 Training Personnel; 9:39 Shot Down; 11:40 Prison Camp; 13:36 Russians, Starvation; 14:41 Other Soldiers; 15:54 German Reactions; 16:19 Passing the Border; 16:54 Other Prison Camps; 17:36 Reenlisting In the Air Force; 18:47 Korean Involvement; 20:04 Coming In on Runs; 21:22 Correspondence; 21:57 Stationed In Japan; 22:46 Never Landing In Korea; 23:14 Maintenance Work; 24:14 Stationed In Orlando; 24:55 McCoy Air Force Base; 25:27 Retirement, Real Estate; 25:54 Changes In Orlando; 26:30 Air Force Life; 27:15 Medals and Citations; 27:48 Chief Master Sergeant; 28:09 Responsibilities; 30:23 No Regrets; 30:53 Military Advice; 31:57 Closing Comments; 33:26 End of Interview.

Date of Birth

1929-11-11

Place of Birth

Shamokin (Pa.)

Gender

Male

Race

Unknown

Home State

Pennsylvania

War or Conflict

World War II

Status

Veteran

Begin/End date of Service - 1st

1942-01-15

1966-04-01

Entrance into Service

Enlisted

Branch of Service

U.S. Air Force

Unit of Service

351st Bomb Group; 8th Air Force

Location of Service

McCoy Air Force Base (Fla.)

Highest Rank

Chief Master Sergeant; CMSgt

Prisoner of War

No

Service Related Injury

No

Battles

Battle of Lechfeld

Achievements

Please see video.

Note

The contact information given belongs to Charles daughter, Karen Clement. She supplied the VHP with a letter detailing a bombing mission, POW Experience, and Charles career. Charles Wiles was initially discharged from the Air Force on 7/29/1945. He re-enlisted 1/15/1948.

City of Birth

Shamokin

Country of Birth

United States

Interviewer

Thorp, Alex

Interview Date

Fall 11-17-2016

Location of Interview

Orlando, Florida

Subjects

Wiles, Charles L.; 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

Thorpe, Alex

Length of Interview

34 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 & University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type

Interview

Semester

Fall


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