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Transcript and audio of oral history interview, North Charleston, S.C., 2012 March 24. Interviewed by Kathy Johnson, Graduate Student, Citadel History Department. Transcript 14 p., 1 CD 28:00.

James Carl Young was born in Winnsboro, South Carolina in 1921. Young volunteered for the Army Reserves in 1942. After completing basic training in Miami Beach, Florida he went to Shepherd Field, Texas for munitions training. He was sent to Las Vegas, Nevada for gunnery school, then Dalhart, Texas for combat crew training. At gunnery school, Young recalled firing at a target pulled by an airplane. Stationed in Polebrook, England, Young served as a Technical Sergeant, tail gunner in the 8th Air Force, 351st Bomb Group Heavy, 509th Bomb Squadron from March 6, 1944 to May 2, 1945. He flew 28 missions, the first of which was into Poland on Easter Sunday, April 9, 1944. He later flew missions over Poland, France, Germany, Luxembourg and Belgium. He recalls details of several of his missions and discusses the annual reunions he attends with the men with whom he served.


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