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
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.)
Technical Sergeant; TSgt
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
B17 Radio Operator, Gunner
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Safford, Edward 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
Length of Interview
Department of History, University of Central Florida
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Edward, Safford R., "Safford, Edward R. interview" (2013). Veterans Oral Histories. 183.