Oral History interview of George Starks. Interview conducted by Frederick, Joshua at University of Central Florida.
0:25 Hometown/ Family Information; 1:01 Reasons for Enlistment and Enlistment Testing; 3:32 Basic Training and Special Training (B-17); 5:45 North Atlantic flight to the UK; 6:45 Bombing Assignments 92nd Squadron; 7:30 Story about his friend Dexter; 8:22 Occupied France WWII (B- 17 Bomber shot down); 12:01 Occupied France WWII (Landing in France, Hiding from Germans); 15:00 Occupied France WWII (Assisted by the French Maquis); 16:55 Occupied France WWII (Starts Journey to Switzerland); 18:30 Occupied France WWII (Assistance from French man for Injury); 19:40 Occupied France WWII (German Encounter in Town); 21:55 Occupied France WWII (Encounter with French Police); 25:00 Occupied France WWII (Town of Doubs, 2nd German Encounter); 28:00 Occupied France WWII (Chief of Police (Maquis) aids in journey); 30:12 Occupied France WWII (1st Meeting with Maurice); 33:00 Occupied France WWII (Training jump to Maurice's cabin); 34:35 Occupied France WWII (French doctor helps pass through Border); 36:45 Occupied France WWII (Reunited with Maurice, travels to Vallorbe); 38:00 Occupied France WWII (Switzerland military interrogation); 41:00 Occupied France WWII (Learns about his crew's whereabouts); 42:00 Friendship with Irving; 43:50 Savannah Museum and WWII Reflections; 45:44 Post WWII and Korea; 47:00 Service in Korea (Dental Corps); 50:06 Fort Benning and service at Hospital; 51:10 INCHON Battle; 53:50 Rediscussion of Hospital and promotion to Lt. Colonel; 58:00 Additional Thoughts and Reflections on Medals.
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
Unit of Service
92nd Bomb Group, 407th Squadron, 8th Air Force.
Location of Service
Podington (England); France
Lieutenant Colonel; LTC
Prisoner of War
Bronze Star; Purple Heart
Pilot, Crew Commander B-17. In ETO- 5 combat missions.
Participated in European Theater of Operations (ETO). Shot down in Occupied France on 16th March, 1944 on mission to Augsburg, Germany.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
University of Central Florida
Starks, George W.; World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal Narratives; United States. Army
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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Central Florida, RICHES of, "Starks, George W. interview" (2016). Veterans Oral Histories. 504.