Oral History interview of Anthony Visco. Interview conducted by Orleman, Andrew; Wiggins, Leanne at Veteran‘s home in Oviedo, FL.
0:01 Introduction; 0:46 Entering the Military; 1:38 Discusses Letter that Impacted his Service; 2:07 Being Recruited and Trying to Get Letter Back; 3:25 First Night at Fort Dix and Being Robbed; 4:15 Being Sent to Biloxi, Miss. For Basic Training; 4:36 Being sent to Delaware and Trying to Get Letter Back; 5:28 Getting Arrested for a Misunderstanding; 6:39 B-17 Gunner Training; 7:50 Being Sent to Texas for Instructor Classes; 8:32 Going to North Carolina and Trying to Get Letter Back; 9:12 Going on the Queen Elizabeth Overseas; 10:23 Arriving In London and Being Sent to France; 10:26 Finding Out That There are No B-17s In Europe; 14:18 Flying a Leaflet-Dropping Mission; 14:38 Arriving in Holland; 15:17 Finding Things To Do In Holland Since He Was Not On the Manifest; 16:46 Teaching Gunners A-26s; 17:49 Starting a Hunting Club; 19:13 Figuring Out How To Go Home; 19:49 Volunteering for A-26 Missions; 20:20 Bombing of Hitler's "Eagle's Nest" and Description of Missions; 21:21 Description of Most Memorable Mission in Czechoslovakia; 25:13 Going to Movie "Arsenic and Old Lace" and Finding Out War Was Over; 26:01 Being Sent to Germany after War Was Over and Still Not Being On the Manifest; 27:09 Not Being Able To Go Home Because He Wasn't On the Manifest; 28:28 Driving Tankers; 30:37 Waiting in Europe With His Cousin; 32:58 Playing Football in Europe; 33:37 Having To Stay in Germany Until His Enlistment Was Up; 34:53 Coming Home; 35:20 Meeting His Wife; 40:03 Transitioning To Being a Civilian; 41:48 Going To Belgium To Get Away From the War; 43:56 His Feelings About Being Forgotten in Europe; 45:54 Discusses How His Leaflet Missions Did Not Count As Combat Missions; 46:53 Discusses "Eagle's Nest" Again.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
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
640th Bombardment Squadron; 409th Bombardment Corps
Location of Service
Oklahoma City (Okla.)
Staff Sergeant; SSgt
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Bombing of Eagle‘s Nest
American Campaign Medal; European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal; Good Conduct Medal; World War II Victory Medal
Was a Gunnery Instructor.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Orleman, Andrew; Wiggins, Leanne
Location of Interview
Veteran‘s home in Oviedo, Fla.
Visco, Anthony; 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
Orleman, Andrew; Wiggins, Leanne
Length of Interview
Department of History, University of Central Florida
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Central Florida, RICHES of, "Visco, Anthony interview" (2014). Veterans Oral Histories. 315.