Media is loading


Oral History interview of Miller, John H. Interview conducted by Lewis Metzger at University of Central Florida Library in Orlando, FL.


0:01 Introduction; 0:35 Early Life; 0:55 Overview of Military Service; 1:30 Enlistment; 1:55 Pearl Harbor/ effect on enlistment; 2:22 Reason for selecting ordinance in the Army Air Corps/ Assigned Unit in Blackstone, Virginia; 4:05 Training in Florida/ Ordinance Training; 5:49 Making friends during training; 7:08 Personal reflection on training; 8:09 Qualification and role during preparation of B-24s/Heating for soldiers during B-24 flights; 9:21 First Assignment following training/ Accidently sent to Europe instead of Japan; 10:20 Trip to Europe and assignment to Italy for American Invasion; 12:28 Air Combat in Italy; 12:57 First Experience in Combat/ German Anti-Aircraft Gun; 14:10 Mission preparations; 15:01 Effect of Anti-Aircraft Fire/ Plane being shot down; 16:30 Another story of being shot down; 17:25 Injuries sustained by pilots due to Anti-Aircraft fire/ Causalities sustained during flight; 19:18 Number of Combat Missions flown; 20:44 Medals awarded; 22:45 Returning to the United States/ Hearing about the end of World War II; 24:31 Interacting with Italian Civilians; 25:41 Communication with home during war/ Lettered Correspondence/ Lying to his mother during his service; 27:25 Food during Military service; 27:47 Coping with combat; 31:07 Bombing Targets during World War II Memorable missions against a German munitions' plant; 33:19 Recreation; 34:45 Remaining in contact with fellow soldiers/ Leaving the service; 36:45 Description of Unit's History Book; 37:22 Time required to complete repairs/High casualties for the unit/ Explanation of pictures from Unit's History book; 40:00 Fighter Escorts/ Tuskegee Airmen; 41:24 Relationship between Ground crew and Airplane crew; 43:24 Reaction to the end of World War II.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Point Berrian (Pa.)




White - Non Hispanic

Home State


War or Conflict

World War II



Begin/End date of Service - 1st


Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Army Air Corps

Unit of Service

Ordinance Battalion, B-24s

Location of Service

Blackstone (Va.); Florida; Italy

Highest Rank

Technical Sergeant; TSgt

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury





Air Medal; Presidential Unit Citation; European African-Middle-Eastern Theater Campaign Ribbon; Battle Star


See video for details.


Flew bombing missions in Europe, Emergency landing near Florence, Italy. More medal details: Air Medal with three oak-leaf cluster, four Major Battle Stars.

City of Birth

Point Berrian

Country of Birth

United States


Metzger, Lewis

Interview Date


Location of Interview

University of Central Florida Library in Orlando, FL.


Miller, John H.; World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives; United States. Army. Air Corps

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


Metzger, Lewis

Length of Interview

54 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