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Oral History interview of Maxwell, Hugh D., Jr. Interview conducted by Steinberg, Andrew J. at Maxwell's residence in Altamonte, FL.


0:23 Biographical Information; 2:45 Influence to join the Army Air Force; 3:30 Applying for the Army Air Force; 4:45 Training as a flying cadet; 6:50 Basic aviation training; 7:00 Advanced aviation training; 8:20 Thunderstorm causes aviation accidents; 11:10 Assigned to 3rd recon squadron; 11:30 Hearing about the attack on Pearl Harbor; 13:25 Picking up their B-25s; 13:40 Sent to Mitchell Field; 13:47 Sub patrol over the Atlantic; 14:40 Sent to Langley Field; 15:25 Trained on B-24s; 15:35 Flying to join 480th Sub Group; 18:20 Friend gets Dengue Fever; 19:08 Trip from Brazil to Dakar; 25:05 Flying Anti-Sub missions from Morocco; 27:35 Royal Navy's friendly fire during convoy escort missions; 28:40 German U-boats torpedo a British convoy; 29:40 German U-boats and their changing strategies; 31:50 Encounter with two German Focke Wulf 200s; 33:40 Shot down during encounter with Focke Wulf 200s; 35:00 Supported Invasion of Sicily; 37:30 Navy takes over Anti-Sub Patrols; 38:55 Traveling back to Langley Field; 39:20 Sent to Clovis, New Mexico; 44:10 Transferred to training unit; 44:19 Learned to fly B-29s; 44:50 Trained B-29 pilots; 48:38 Command General Staff School at Fort Leavenworth; 50:20 Proposed military school for officers at Smoky Hill; 52:45 Career Intelligence Officer; 53:05 Awarded Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart, Air Medal; 53:55 Awarded two Legions of Merit; 54:15 Serving with the Pentagon; 59:15 Attended Navy Language School; 59:45 Sent to Newfoundland as Chief of Intelligence at North East Air Command; 1:13:00 Leaving military as a Colonel; 1:13:10 Family life.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Pink Hill (N.C.)



Home State

North Carolina

War or Conflict

World War II



Begin/End date of Service - 1st



Video; MovingImage


Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Army Air Forces

U.S. Air Force

Unit of Service

480th Antisubmarine Group

Location of Service

McCoy Air Force Base (Fla.); Mitchel Air Force Base (N.Y.); Morocco; Pentagon; Newfoundland; Japan; St. Louis (Mo.); Norfolk (Va.)

Highest Rank

Second Lieutenant; 2LT; Colonel; Col

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury





Distinguished Flying Cross; Purple Heart; Air Medal; Good Conduct Medal


Served as Sub Patrol for U.S. Army Air Force and Intelligence Officer for U.S. Air Force.


Not applicable

City of Birth

Pink Hill

Country of Birth

United States


Steinberg, Andrew J.

Interview Date


Location of Interview

Maxwell's residence in Altamonte, FL.


Maxwell, Jr., Hugh D.; 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


Steinberg, Andrew J.

Length of Interview

75 Minutes


Department of History, University of Central Florida




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University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type