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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

Home State

New Jersey

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.)

Highest Rank

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.


Not applicable

City of Birth


Country of Birth

United States


Orleman, Andrew; Wiggins, Leanne

Interview Date


Location of Interview

Veteran‘s home in Oviedo, Fla.


Visco, Anthony; 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


Orleman, Andrew; Wiggins, Leanne

Length of Interview

49 Minutes


Department of History, University of Central Florida


Video; MovingImage


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/


University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type