Oral history interview Melvin Jenner. Conducted by Brandon Nightingale, conducted at the Home of Mel Jenner on September 25, 2018.
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
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
306th Bomb Wing @ McCoy
Location of Service
Chief Master Sergeant; CMSgt
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Distinguished Flying Cross; Oak Leaf Cluster; Air Force Commendation Medal; Campaign Ribbon
June 6, 1944 - Normandy
The veteran won 9 Oak Leaf Clusters. He was in 45 Combat Missions.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Jenner, Melvin 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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Central Florida, RICHES of, "Jenner, Melvin S. interview" (2018). Veterans Oral Histories. 617.