National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force
We will begin with the website of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force: http://www.mightyeighth.org/. To learn about the more than 1,000 unpublished personal accounts written by Eighth Air Force veterans available through the Research Center, go to: http://www.mightyeighth.org/special-collections/. To add a veteran to the Veterans’ Database at the museum, go to: http://www.mightyeighth.org/veteran-database/. To learn how to apply for a search of the Research Center’s archives, go to: http://www.mightyeighth.org/research-center/. The home page of the Museum (http://www.mightyeighth.org/) has several excerpts from oral interviews of veterans of the 8th Air Force. To contact Dr. Vivian Rogers-Price, Research Center Director, email her at vrogersprice at mightyeighth.org. Or write her at Director, Research Center, National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, P.O. Box 1992, Savannah, GA 31402.
Library of Congress Veterans’ History Project
The home page for the Library of Congress Veteran’s History Project is https://www.loc.gov/vets/. The “About” page is at https://www.loc.gov/vets/about.html. To learn how to participate, go to https://www.loc.gov/vets/kit.html. You can search the collection of interviews by going to https://memory.loc.gov/diglib/vhp/html/search/search.html.
Other Oral History Sources
The following links are a combination of links compiled by the Library of Congress Veterans’ History Project, updated as of May 2018, with dead links removed, and supplemented by links to several bomb groups and fighter groups. Suggestions for further additions to the list are welcome. Please contact the webmaster.
Floyd County, Indiana Oral History Project
https://www.in.gov/ibc/legacyprojects/3310.htm. Includes interviews and photographs from World War II and the Korean War.
U.S. Coast Guard Historian’s Office
https://www.history.uscg.mil/. U.S. Coast Guard website. Included oral histories from former commandants, general oral histories, and primarily WWII experiences; is expanding and has already added Viet Nam experiences.
U.S. Naval Institute Oral History Program
http://www.usni.org/heritage/oral-history. Comprehensive, tape-recorded interviews with people who have made history in the naval profession; these interviews are then transcribed, annotated, indexed, and bound. Have also some specialized projects involving early WAVE officers and Vietnam War prisoners of war.
World War II
70 Infantry Division Association
http://www.trailblazersww2.org/. Includes three reels of combat footage, discovered in the National Archives, featuring the 70th Infantry Division.
91st Bomb Group (H) Memorial Association
http://www.91stbombgroup.com/. Site includes photos, music, memorabilia, and over fifty stories.
379th Bomb Group: http://www.379thbga.org/war_stories.htm
384th Bomber Group
http://www.384thbombgroup.com/. A collection of 17 stories about members of the 384th BG, submitted by veterans and their relatives. Also contains photographs.
392nd Bomb Group
http://www.b24.net/. Includes stories and diaries of those who flew in the B-24, also links to extensive research and documentation on POW Stalag Lufts (http://www.b24.net/powStories.htm).
398th Bomb Group Memorial Association, Timeless Voices Project (contains a great many video interviews): http://www.398th.org/History/Veterans/Voices/Interviews/index.html
446th Bomb Group. http://www.446bg.com/. Contains 37 biographies written by veterans or their family members. Click on “Stories”.
447th Bomb Group Stories: http://www.447bg.com/447th%20Stories.htm
453rd Bomb Group Stories: http://www.453rd.com/stories.html
458th Bomb Group Stories: http://www.458bg.com/stories.htm
487th Bomb Group Stories: http://www.487thbg.org/Stories/487thStories.shtml
493rd Bomb Group Stories: http://www.493bgdebach.co.uk/vetmems.php
55th Fighter Group. Click on Accounts to go to the Personal Accounts page: http://www.55th.org/
56th Fighter Group Interviews: http://www.56thfightergroup.co.uk/interviews.htm
339th Fighter Group. Dutch Eisenhart interview: http://www.339thfg.com/Eisenhartreference.html
352nd Fighter Group Stories. Click on Stories: http://www.352ndfightergroup.com/assoc/main.html
357th Fighter Group Stories: http://www.cebudanderson.com/combatstories.htm
Albert R. Panebianco’s WWII Site
http://www.45thinfantrydivision.com/. Account of his experiences in the 45th Infantry Division, 157 Regiment; includes many links to main infantry division and armored division sites.
American Airpower Heritage Museum
http://airpowermuseum.org/?page=cms/index&cms_page=95. World War II Veterans Oral History Program; has a significant collection of over 2,000 oral histories from WWII veterans of aviation. [The link is to the Commemorative Air Force website and does not appear to have any reference to oral histories.]
Dover Air Force Base Museum: WWII Oral Histories
http://amcmuseum.org/history/. [It is now the Air Mobility Command Museum.] Includes histories, as well as numerous links to related websites.
Private Art. A Collection of WWII Letters To and From The Home Front
http://www.private-art.com/. This site serves as a tribute to the 86th Chemical Mortar Battalion.
Rutgers Oral History Archives of World War II
http://oralhistory.rutgers.edu/. Records the personal experiences of men and women who served on the homefront and overseas; based on in-depth interviews of individuals who lived through World War II, beginning with an initial target group of Rutgers College alumni and Douglass College alumnae (formerly New Jersey College for Women). Currently features about 238 oral history interviews. Interviews are searchable with Google search engine.
Stalag Luft I
http://www.merkki.com/. Site contains a collectionof reminiscences written by the POWs detailing their experiences during World War II, before and after being shot down and imprisoned. Includes photos and poetry as well as links to numerous other ex-POW sites. Also contains watercolor drawings, cartoons, sketches and carvings of the prisoners of war at Stalag Luft I.
http://www.Tankbooks.com/. Audio clips from over forty veterans and spouses; requires RealPlayer software. Also includes pages of stories and poems, interviews, and links to approximately 75 other World War II sites, some oral.
http://www.thetroubleshooters.com/ww2/pt0001.html. Patton’s “Troubleshooters” and the story of the 702nd Tank Battalion; includes links to several sites dealing with personal reminiscences.
The Voices of WWII for Use in the Classrom
http://www.wwiihistoryclass.com/. Includes numerous pages of teacher and student resources, lesson plans and ideas, and over 130 interview transcripts, a step by step “How to do Oral History” section, as well as a wealth of information on grants, scholarships, contests, and links to veterans’ organizations, maps and geographical resources, research sites, photographs and documents, translations, graves registration and oral histories.
What did you do in the war, Grandma?
http://www.stg.brown.edu/projects/WWII_Women/tocCS.html. An oral history of Rhode Island women during World War II. Twenty-six veterans are interviewed by students in the Honors English Program at South Kingstown High School.