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Description

Oral History interview of William Richardson. Interview conducted by Rasso, Erika; Alvazos, Nia at Veteran's Home.

Log

0:08 Lead; 0:44 Biographical information; 1:00 Early life, Pearl Harbor; 3:43 Decision to enlist in Air Force Reserves; 5:41 Reports to basic training; 6:54 Flight training; 9:56 Chooses B-52, enters advanced training; 10:45 Chooses Flight Crew; 12:17 First overseas combat orders to New Guinea; 14:24 New assignment in Philippines; 14:34 Describes first missions; 16:34 Typical missions; 18:27 Aids Australia in reclaiming Borneo; 20:03 Defining moment of USAF career; 25:02 Experience in Okinawa, Japan; 30:42 What it was like flying; 31:43 His location when WWII ended; 33:00 Receiving orders to go home; 33:20 Sight of Hiroshima; 35:18 Travel home; 37:02 Homecoming to family; 38:16 Correspondence with family while overseas; 38:50 Recipient of Air Medal; 39:37 Readjusting to civilian life; 41:40 Beginning of Insurance career; 42:30 Keeping in touch with other soldiers; 43:51 Life lessons learned from military; 45:06 Continuing to fly in a Church group; 48:38 Last remarks on combat; 57:09 Showing mementos and medals.

Date of Birth

1925-06-26

Place of Birth

Atlanta (Ga.)

Gender

Male

Race

White - Non Hispanic

Home State

Georgia

War or Conflict

World War II

Status

Veteran

Begin/End date of Service - 1st

1943-07-01

1946-07-01

Entrance into Service

Enlisted

Branch of Service

U.S. Army

Unit of Service

Army Air Corp; 38th Bomb Group, 71st Bomb Squadron; Pilot B-25

Location of Service

Unspecified

Highest Rank

First Lieutenant; 1LT

Prisoner of War

Unspecified

Service Related Injury

Unspecified

Battles

Unspecified

Medals

Air Medal

Achievements

Sank one of last Japanese ships of WWII; Responsible for saving life of fellow pilot (Carl Hinshaw) and crew. Carl's family owns the Chalet Suzanne in Lake Wales.

Note

Pilot managing crew by the age of 19. Served in 26 Missions.

City of Birth

Atlanta

Country of Birth

United States

Interviewer

Rasso, Erika; Alvazos, Nia

Interview Date

3-15-2014

Location of Interview

Veteran's Home

Subjects

Richardson, William H.; World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives; United States. Army

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

Rasso, Erika; Alvazos, Nia

Length of Interview

61 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 and University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type

Interview


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