World War 2 Air Force and Aviator Personal Stories

 

This page includes a collection of air force and aviator personal accounts and stories from World War II.

 

 

 

U.S. Air Force and Aviator Personal Stories and Accounts:

 

8th Air Force Fighter Group - Littlefriends.co.uk

This site is dedicated to all those who flew and served in the US 8th Army Air Force Fighter Command during World War 2. It is a consolidation of details gathered over many years including the various reference works published on the subject and is presented as a research tool to 8th Air Force historians.

 

384th Bomb Group - Real Stories of Honor

Personal accounts of the men of the U.S. 384th Bomb Group.

 

453rd Bomb Group

Personal accounts of the men of the U.S. 453rd Bomb Group.

 

B-17 42-38050 Thunderbird

B17Thunderbird.com is a memorial to B-17G #42-38050 (BN-U) Thunderbird and her original crew. Old reliable Thunderbird flew 112 bombing missions from Molesworth, England for the 303rd Bomb Group.

 

B-17 and B-24 Pictures and Information

This site is full of B-17 and B-24 information slapped together by WW2 8th Air Force navigator Sam Halpert, 35 missions from 9 Sept44 (Ludwigshafen) to 3 Feb45 (Berlin) with the  91st Bomb Group, 324th Squadron, (home of the Memphis Belle).

 

B-17G Flying Fortress 8th Air Force - Warren Z. Felty

Extensive personal account web site with stories and photos.

 

B24.NET

Dedicated to the 392nd Bomb Group of World War 2 with stories, photos and the history of the Wendling and the POW Stalag Luft camps.

 

B26.COM

B26.COM is dedicated to Martin B-26 Marauder men who fought in World War 2. Photos of crews and planes, personal accounts, and related information.

 

B-29 Ground Crews on Saipan

This web site features about 100 color photographs taken by my Dad, Dick Bastasch, when he was on Saipan, roughly between October 1944 and October 1945. It also features black and white images of bombing- and other missions, as well as war-time memorabilia (samples of manuals, notebooks, base guides).

 

Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress Picadilly Lilly

Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress Picadilly Lilly is dedicated to honoring the service of SSGT Fred S Acomb, Ball Turret Gunner and the rest of the crew of the Picadilly Lilly. These men completed 36 missions as part of the 525th BS and 379th BG flying out of Kimbolton, England.

 

The CAF Red Tail Project

The CAF Red Tail Project is dedicated to telling the inspirational story of the Tuskegee Airmen through education and fundraising.

 

Diary Of A B-17 Ball Turret Gunner

World War II Diary of John J. Briol, a B-17 Ball Turret Gunner of the 457th Bomb Group, 748th Squadron, with pictures of World War II aviation.

 

The Flight Officer Project

Dedicated to the story of WWII B-17 pilot Joe Noyes, an 8th Army Air Force aviator from Seattle.

 

K for King

This is a research in honor of ten crew members who came to fight a war far away from their home. After their crash in Belgium they each had their own story to tell, some of them helped the Belgian resistance, while others tried to make it back home.

 

The Kassel Mission Historical Society

Dedicated to one of the war's most spectacular air battles involving the 445th Bomb Group.

 

Marshall Stelzriede's Wartime Story - Experiences of a WW2 B-17 Navigator with U. S. Eighth Air Force

Story of the experiences of a B-17 navigator with the U. S. Eighth Air Force in Europe during WW2, with photos taken during his tour of duty and news articles describing his missions. Also included are sections showing aircraft photos and war posters.

 

Navigating Thru World War II

Memoir of B-17 navigator Gordon W. Weir.

 

Orv Iverson's WW2 Story

Orv Iverson's WWII pictures, stories, and links home page and 9th Air Force Association information.

 

P47 Thunderbolt Pilots Association

P47Pilots.com is dedicated to preserving the memories of the men and women who flew the P-47 Thunderbolt "Jug" in World War II. P47Pilots.com has evolved over the years from a simple brochure site to a rich and dynamic resource of stories, information, and interaction. P47Pilots.com is a living memorial which will continue to grow for years to come.

 

P51Pilots.com

The P51Pilots.com website is dedicated to preserving the memories of the men and women who flew the P-51 Mustang in World War II and Korea. Browse our site and learn what it was like to fly one of the fastest and most powerful fighter planes in World War II.

 

Peter L Kleist

Personal story of Peter L Kleist, Bombardier 352nd BS, 301st BG, 5th BW, 15th AAF.

 

Tiger's Revenge

This is the story about the ten American airmen and their aircraft that crash landed in Brunlanes, Norway on the 21st of April 1945. They were out on a "Carpetbagger" mission supplying the Norwegian resistance. Approaching the target they were engaged by a German Messerschmitt 110 and later by German "Flak". The aircraft was shot down and nine of the airmen were rescued by the local resistance -  one died.

 

War Diary of W. S. Arnett, 1st Lt, USAAF

B-17 war diary.

 

Wild Bill's P-38 Page

Welcome to the home page of "Wild Bill" Boyd. This page is a remembrance and resource web site for those acquainted with the Lockheed P-38 Lightning, the finest flying machine to come out of WWII. I ought to know. I drove one.

 

The Wild Hare

Dedicated to an American 8th Air Force, 457 Bomb Group B-17 bomber and her crew.  

 

Women Airforce Service Pilots - Remembered By Those Who Knew Them

Dedicated to the women air force service pilots of WWII as remembered by those who knew them then and now. Come in and enjoy the memories just as we do!

 

The World War II Diary of Dennis M. Parker

This site contains the World War II Logbook of Dennis M. Parker, a U.S. pilot and prisoner of war.  It details his daily activities from basic training until the time of his capture.  In addition, memorabilia and photos collected from the war are also displayed on the site.

 

WW2 Recollections of Lloyd Bunting Jr  

Lloyd H Bunting Jr is a veteran of the Pacific War with 47 B-24 combat missions.  This site chronicles his recollections of the Pacific War, especially its commencement at Pearl Harbor.

 

 

U.S Naval and Marine Corps Aviation Focus:

 

The Able Dogs

The authoritative site for Navy and Marine Corps aviators who flew all models of the Douglas AD Skyraider.

 

Air Group 4 During World War II - Casablanca to Tokyo

The purpose of this site is to tell the story of those who served in Air Group 4 during World War II, and to commemorate their efforts.

 

Fighter Squadron 31 (VF-31) - Torpedo Squadron 31 (VT-31) - USS Cabot - USS Belleau Wood

Air Group 31 (VF-31 and VT-31) served aboard the aircraft carriers USS Cabot (CVL-28) and USS Belleau Wood (CVL-24) from 1943 through 1945. In that time they downed 165 enemy aircraft in air to air combat and produced 15 aces. They also sank 26 enemy ships and damaged another 22 enemy ships, totaling over 150,000 tons. This web site is dedicated to these Naval Aviators who served our country, to show their accomplishments, and to honor them and their deeds.

 

WW-2 Pacific

Bill Glover's personal web site on World War II Pacific air battles. Glover served in the "Bombing 8"" Squadron aboard the USS Hornet and later with the "Bombing 11" Squadron.

 

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POW Accounts:

 

POW Accounts Collection

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