Medal of Honor: Kenneth Newton Walker, Brigadier General, US Army Air Corps
Kenneth Newton Walker, Brigadier General, US Army Air Corps received the Medal of Honor for his actions during a fatal bombing mission over Rabaul, New Britain, on January 5, 1943.
The Top 5 Veteran Research Questions: Where to Go and What to Know
Below are the top five veteran research questions, where to go for further resources, and how to begin your search.
“Black Thursday” October 14, 1943: The Second Schweinfurt Bombing Raid
The Combined Bomber Offensive (CBO) in the European Theater was one of America’s bloodiest campaigns.
Seeing in The Dark, Through Clouds, with Mosquitos Making Microwaves
If you are like most Americans, you have in your home the key technology that helped the Allies win WWII. Of course, it serves a very different function in your home than it did back then.
Oral History Spotlight: Robert G. Aldous
Robert G. Aldous flew 42 missions in B-24s with the 90th Bomb Group during World War II, and another 32 missions in B-29s with the 98th Bomb Group during the Korean War.
Dabney Montgomery, 1051st Quartermaster Service Group Aviation Company of the 96th Air Service Group attached to the 332d Fighter Group, served in southern Italy as a member of the Tuskegee Airmen.
John Noack, 306th Bomb Group
B-17 pilot John Noack describes the bravery of his top turret gunner and flight engineer, Kenneth Fox, who even after being severely wounded during the mission to Schweinfurt on October 14, 1943, refused to abandon his post in the plane’s top turret.
Donald Bryan, 352nd Fighter Group
Donald Bryan talks about the P-51D Mustang he flew in combat and how it compared to the German Me 262 jet fighter aircraft.
In Memoriam: Tuskegee Airman George Washington Biggs (1925-2020)
George Washington Biggs devoted most of his adult life to causes greater than himself.
Frank Buschmeier, 100th Bomb Group
Frank Buschmeier discusses his capture and subsequent imprisonment after his B-17 was shot down during a mission to Merseberg, Germany in July 1944.
Operation Swift Mercy and POW Supply
At the end of the war, more than 12,000 American POWs were scattered in camps across the Pacific in desperate shape. From August 30-September 20, 1945, in Operation Swift Mercy, B-17s and B-29s flew 1,000 missions and dropped 4,500 tons of supplies to American troops no longer prisoner, but still trapped.
Florence Reynolds, WASP
Florence Reynolds describes a negative encounter she had with an Army Air Forces maintenance officer when she questioned the condition of an aircraft she was ordered to fly.