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Description

Oral history interview of William Poorbaugh. Interview conducted by Laura Poorbaugh at Westminster Towers in Orlando, FL.

Log

00:01 Where and when born; 01:00 Recounting date joined service; 02:00 Food in military; 03:00 Air raids over London; 04:00 Discussion of bombing oil refinery; 05:00 Recreation and past times; 06:00 Time in Paris recovering from crash; 07:00 Describing returning home; 08:00 Option to bomb Japan; 09:00 Describing brother's return; 10:00 Changes before and after war in Central Florida; 11:00 Larger lessons learned, growing up quickly; 12:00 Death rate of bombing crews

Date of Birth

1925-07-29

Place of Birth

Lake Worth (Fla.)

Gender

Male

Race

White - Non Hispanic

Home State

Florida

War or Conflict

World War II

Status

Veteran

Begin/End date of Service - 1st

1943-09-01

1945-10-01

Entrance into Service

Enlisted

Branch of Service

U.S. Air Force

Unit of Service

8th Airborne Division; 385th Bomb Group

Location of Service

London (England)

Highest Rank

Staff Sergeant; SSgt

Prisoner of War

No

Service Related Injury

Yes

Battles

Bombing of Dresden

Medals

Air Medal

Achievements

Was a tailgunner, bombing on thirty-two missions throughout Germany

City of Birth

Lake Worth

Country of Birth

United States

Interviewer

Poorbaugh, Laura

Interview Date

4-11-2011

Location of Interview

Westminster Towers in Orlando, FL.

Subjects

Poorbaugh, William; 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

Poorbaugh, Laura

Length of Interview

13 minutes

Publisher

Department of History, University of Central Florida

Type

Audio; Sound

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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