Oral History interview of Douglas Canning. Interview conducted by Bradfield, Daniel at Veteran's Home in Maitland, FL.
0:05 Introduction; 0:34 Birth Date and Location; 0:48 Parents Jobs; 1:09 Education Prior to Military; 2:07 Civilian Pilot Training; 2:48 Results of 1st course of Pilot Training; 2:56 Second course of Pilot Training; 3:26 Joining the Army Air Corps; 3:45 Getting ready for War; 4:19 Graduating Army Air Corps Initial training; 4:33 After Graduation Leave 10 day vs 5 day; 4:40 First Assignment to Hamilton Field; 5:29 Guys on 5 day leave already heading to Philippines; 6:21 Training on a P-40 at the Navy Field; 7:13 First Solo ride; 8:33 First landing; 9:44 Additional training Flights; 10:00 Shipping out to the Pacific; 10:02 Back to Hamilton for three more weeks; 10:24 Shipping out to Destination unknown then stopping after 26 days; 11:53 Female German Spy in Fiji; 12:24 Nandi Field B25s sink subs that were sent after his ship; 13:25 First reactions to Fiji; 13:38 Assigned to P-39s at Nandi field Fiji; 14:15 Description of Unit; 14:22 Living conditions; 15:02 Opinion of Spain; 15:34 Living Conditions (continued); 15:55 Life at Henderson Field; 16:41 Duties in a P-39; 17:10 Job at Guadalcanal; 17:22 Bombing Japanese; 17:57 Marines F4Fs; 18:37 Daily Life on Guadalcanal; 18:48 P-38 Lightings; 18:50 Back to New Caledonia Opinion of P-38; 19:50 P-38 Duties; 20:32 How he became the flight leader; 20:55 Accounts of Escort Missions.
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
70th squadron; 339 squadron; 35th fighter group Korea; 347th Guadalcanal
Location of Service
Hamilton Air Force Base (Calif.); Fiji; Guadalcanal (Spain)
Lieutenant Colonel; LtCol
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Silver Star Medal; Lion Cross; Air Medal
Shot down Admiral Yamamoto.
Awarded 2 Lion Crosses, 3 Air Medals and 28 ribbons.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Veteran's Home in Maitland, FL.
Canning, Douglas S.; 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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Douglas, Canning S., "Canning, Douglas S. interview" (2015). Veterans Oral Histories. 360.