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Description

Oral history interview Melvin Jenner. Conducted by Brandon Nightingale, conducted at the Home of Mel Jenner on September 25, 2018.

Log

0:03 Introduction; 0:33 Date and place of birth; 0:48 Siblings; 0:56 Parents Occupation; 1:02 Education growing up; 1:34 Job prior to joining Air Corps; 2:08 Enlist; 2:55 Basic Training; 3:42 Assignment after training; 3:43 Unit; 4:00 Job in the Air Corps; 4:26 Planes; 5:28 First Mission; 6:43 England; 7:10 Duties while in England; 7:25 Typical Day in England; 8:05 Interaction with people in England; 8:33 Memorable experience in England; 10:05 Time at RAF; 10:30 Average mission time; 12:08 Longest mission; 13:36 Weather during missions; 14:26 Next Assignment; 16:04 First impressions of Keesler AFB; 16:34 Duties while in California; 17:20 Memorable experience while in California; 17:50 Next Assignment in Japan; 18:28 First Impressions of Japan; 19:05 Duties while in Japan; 20:00 Memorable experience in Japan; 21:04 Role as maintenance supervisor; 21:35 Next assignment in Germany; 22:57 Missions in Germany; 23:53 Berlin Airlift; 24:50 D-Day; 26:00 Leaving Germany; 26:50 Flying over Normandy; 28:30 Most memorable experience in the service; 30:00 Becoming Chief Master Sergeant; 31:10 Leaving the Air Force; 32:00 Awards / Achievements; 33:50 Missing the Service; 33:43 Civilian life; 33:54 Remaining in contact with veterans; 35:50 Veterans Groups.

Date of Birth

1922-11-13

Place of Birth

Goodrich (N.D.)

Gender

Male

Race

White - Non Hispanic

Home State

North Dakota

War or Conflict

World War II

Status

Veteran

Begin/End date of Service - 1st

1940-10-19

1968-04-01

Entrance into Service

Enlisted

Branch of Service

U.S. Air Force

Unit of Service

306th Bomb Wing @ McCoy

Location of Service

Unknown

Highest Rank

Chief Master Sergeant; CMSgt

Prisoner of War

No

Service Related Injury

No

Battles

Unspecified

Medals

Distinguished Flying Cross; Oak Leaf Cluster; Air Force Commendation Medal; Campaign Ribbon

Achievements

June 6, 1944 - Normandy

Note

The veteran won 9 Oak Leaf Clusters. He was in 45 Combat Missions.

City of Birth

Goodrich

Country of Birth

United States

Interviewer

Nightingale, Brandon

Interview Date

Fall 9-25-2018

Location of Interview

Ocoee, Florida

Subjects

Jenner, Melvin S.; World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal Narratives; United States. Air Force

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

Contributors

Nightingale, Brandon

Length of Interview

37 Minutes

Publisher

Department of History, University of Central Florida

Type

Video; MovingImage

Rights

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/

Repository

University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections & University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type

Interview


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