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Oral History interview of Edward Safford. Interview conducted by DeCristofaro, Alexa at Edgewater, FL.


8:10 Notice received from the draft board; 9:25 Introduction to the military; 12:51 IQ test and acceptance to the Army Air Corps; 13:25 Shipped to Atlantic City, NJ; 14:15 Basic training; 15:46 Shipped out to Seymour Johnson Field, NC; 17:35 Shipped out to Salt Lake City, UT; 17:39 Specialty Training: Radio school; 19:50 Specialty Training: Gunner school. Kingman AZ; 21:20 Shipped out to Ardmore, OK; 22:00 Bombing crew formed; 22:56 Notice given of oversea deployment; 23:05 B17 assigned in Grand Island, NE; 23:25 Flight to Europe: Refuel in Prescow, ME; 23:36 Flight to Europe: Goose Bay. Labrador; 24:42 Flight to Europe: Flight to Ireland; 25:15 Flight to Europe: Engine trouble. SOS sent; 27:15 Flight to Europe: Return to Goose Bay; 27:40 Flight to Europe: Left for Ireland; 28:10 Arrives to RAF Framlingham, England; 29:00 1st Bombing Mission: Pas-de-Calais, France; 30:40 2nd Bombing Mission: Berlin, Germany; 32:12 Shuttle Mission: England to USSR to Italy; 34:03 Post-mission interrogation by intelligence; 35:25 Flag Notice system for bombing missions explained; 36:50 Typical post-mission in Framlingham; 39:00 Weather Mission; 40:00 Weather Mission: Engine Failure, Fire; 42:20 Weather Mission: B17 Crew Bails Out; 43:00 FLAK Farm: Bournemouth, England; 46:50 Bombing Superstitions: Flying as a Spare; 48:30 Bombing Superstitions: Berlin, Germany; 53:20 32nd Mission to Hamburg, Germany; 55:45 Returns from overseas, arrives in New York City; 57:40 Shipped out to Reno, NV; 60:00 Shipped out to Fort Worth, TX; 1:00:25 Put into the base Motor Pool; 1:01:03 Shipped out to Camp Dix, NJ; 1:02:00 Honorably discharged from the service.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Grovenors Corners (N.Y.)




White - Non Hispanic

Home State

New York

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

390th Bomber Group

Location of Service

Atlantic City (N.J.); Seymour Johnson Field (N.C.); Salt Lake City (Utah); Kingman (Ariz.); Ardmore (Okla.); Grand Island (Neb.); Prescow (Me.); Goose Bay; Framlingham (England); Pas-de-Calais (France); Berlin (Germany); Bournemouth (England); Hamburg (Germany); Reno (Nev.); Fort Worth (Tex.); Camp Dix (N.J.)

Highest Rank

Technical Sergeant; TSgt

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury





Air Medal


B17 Radio Operator, Gunner


Not applicable

City of Birth

Grovenors Corners

Country of Birth

United States


DeCristofaro, Alexa

Interview Date


Location of Interview

Edgewater, FL.


Safford, Edward R.; 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


DeCristofaro, Alexa

Length of Interview

63 Minutes


Department of History, University of Central Florida


Audio; Sound


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University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type