Oral history interview of William Poorbaugh. Interview conducted by Laura Poorbaugh at Westminster Towers in Orlando, FL.
0:01 Where and when born; 1:00 Recounting date joined service; 2:00 Food in military; 3:00 Air raids over London; 4:00 Discussion of bombing oil refinery; 5:00 Recreation and past times; 6:00 Time in Paris recovering from crash; 7:00 Describing returning home; 8:00 Option to bomb Japan; 9:00 Describing brother's return; 10:00 Changes before and after war in Central Florida; 11:00 Larger lessons learned, growing up quickly; 12:00 Death rate of bombing crews.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Lake Worth (Fla.)
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
8th Airborne Division; 385th Bomb Group
Location of Service
Staff Sergeant; SSgt
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Bombing of Dresden
Was a tail gunner, bombing on thirty-two missions throughout Germany
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Westminster Towers in Orlando, FL.
Poorbaugh, William; 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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William, Poorbaugh, "Poorbaugh, William interview" (2011). Veterans Oral Histories. 57.