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Oral History interview of John Hull. Interview conducted by Stephen Hall at University Unitarian Universalist Society, Orlando.


0:01 Introduction; 0:54 Birthplace and date; 1:10 Parents' occupations; 1:19 Siblings; 1:27 Move to Baltimore and high school experience; 2:12 Work at the Glenn L. Martin Company; 2:59 Brother's service in the Navy; 3:11 Enlistment in Army Air Corps; 4:19 Basic Training on Miami Beach; 5:17 Adapting to military life; 5:31 Housing conditions and quarantine during training; 6:24 Leave and being stationed in Scott Field, IL; 7:06 Specialty as radio operator; 7:46 Gunnery school; 8:51 Other duties (including "Kitchen Police" duty); 10:59 Experience at Westover Field, MA; 12:42 Meeting crew members, training, and jail time in Charleston, SC; 19:10 Picking up an airplane at Mitchell Field, Long Island; 19:53 Journey to Senegal and interactions with West Africans; 21:54 Exploring the town of Tunis, Tunisia; 22:50 Switching aircrafts in Goia, Italy and Manduria, Italy; 25:08 Experiences and conditions of Manduria; 27:30 Uniforms; 30:50 Leading men in marching to get exercise; 31:34 Knowledge about the war; 32:00 Receiving letters from home, writing letters, and censorship of letters; 34:10 Conflicts between crew members; 35:25 Missions, including to Bratislava, Czechoslovakia; 37:26 Role of a radio operator on the missions; 38:20 Weather, "milk runs" training missions, and other details about missions; 40:23 Problems on missions, first mission on D-Day; 42:35 Being shot down by enemy aircraft on ninth mission; 43:42 Getting injured by enemy aircraft; 46:03 Bailing out; 48:50 Injuries; 50:28 Treatment and rescue by locals; 52:57 Contemplated converting to Christianity; 54:40 Bucharest military hospital; 57:25 Romanian Prison Camp; 59:00 Amputation; 1:01:25 Being dive-bombed by Germans after the Romanians change sides; 1:02:30 Being set free and moving locations; 1:03:50 Asking someone to get him food from town; 1:05:35 Picked up by the U.S. B17 planes; 1:06:25 Coming back to the states after rescue; 1:09:20 Experience with being in the hospital; 1:10:40 Awards and decorations; 1:11:50 Giving speeches while recovering; 1:14:20 Meeting President Truman; 1:15:30 Recounting his military experience in a book; 1:17:00 Thinking back on experiences in the military; 1:18:05 Conclusion.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

White Plains (N.Y.)





Home State

New York

War or Conflict

World War II



Begin/End date of Service - 1st



Video; MovingImage


Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Army

Unit of Service

722nd Squadron, 15th air force, Manduria, Italy

Location of Service

Miami (Fla.); Scott Field (Ill.); Westover Field (Mass.); Charleston (S.C.); Mitchell Field (N.Y.); Senegal; Goia (Italy); Manduria (Italy); Bratislava (Slovakia)

Highest Rank

Technical Sergeant

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury



Southern France


Air Medal; Purple Heart


Gave Speeches, was at Walter Reed hospital as amputee patient.


Not applicable

City of Birth

White Plains

Country of Birth

United States


Hall, Stephen

Interview Date

Fall 11-12-2015

Location of Interview

University Unitarian Universalist Society, Orlando.


Hull, John D.; 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


Hall, Stephen

Length of Interview

78 Minutes


Department of History, University of Central Florida




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University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

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