American Fighter Aces Association Oral Interviews

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Title

American Fighter Aces Association Oral Interviews

Description

The American Fighter Aces Association (AFAA) Oral Interviews consists of oral histories with approximately one hundred twenty-two (122) fighter aces, along with a few non-aces such as historians and military commanders. Most of the interviews focus on the interviewees' military service during either World War I or World War II, but a few also discuss their involvement in the Korean War and the Vietnam War. Military training and personal background are also discussed.

The collection also contains several recorded events connected to fighter pilots, such as reunions and goodwill meetings, plus some radio commercials for the Champlin Fighter Museum. The interviews, events, and commercials are recorded on a total of one hundred forty-three (143) audio reels, ninety-four (94) audiocassettes, four (4) microcassettes, and two (2) data cartridges.

As of 2018, the reels and audiocassettes have been digitized, and transcripts are being made for each interview. Transcripts and digitized recordings are uploaded to The Museum of Flight Digital Collections once the transcription process is complete. This digitization project is ongoing until the end of 2018.

Please note that some of the interviews contain offensive comments, such as racial slurs or impersonations, and graphic descriptions of wartime violence.

Subject

Aces (Fighter pilots)
Air pilots, Military
American Fighter Aces Association
Fighter pilots
Korean War, 1950-1953
United States. Air Force
United States. Army Air Forces
United States. Army. Air Corps
United States. Marine Corps
United States. Navy
Vietnam War, 1961-1975
World War, 1914-1918
World War, 1939-1945

Creator

American Fighter Aces Association

Format

audiocassettes
digital audio tapes
interviews
open reel audiotapes
oral histories (literary works)

Date

circa 1960s-1990s

Language

English

Coverage

Africa, North
Australia
China
England
Europe
France
Germany
Italy
Japan
Middle East
Oceania
Papua New Guinea
Philippines
Solomon Islands
Soviet Union
United States

Rights Holder

The Museum of Flight Archives

Rights

Permission to publish material from the American Fighter Aces Association Oral Interviews must be obtained from The Museum of Flight Archives.

Bibliographic Citation

The American Fighter Aces Association Oral Interviews/The Museum of Flight

Collection Items

[David L. "Tex" Hill oral history interview]
In this brief oral history, fighter ace David L. “Tex” Hill is interviewed about his military service with the United States Armed Forces during World War II. He describes his wartime experiences as a fighter pilot, including his time with the…

[Edwin L. Heller oral history interview (Part 2 of 2)]
In this two-part oral history, fighter ace Edwin L. Heller discusses his military service with the United States Army Air Forces during World War II. In part two, he provides clarifying details regarding his wartime experiences and the combat mission…

[Edwin L. Heller oral history interview (Part 1 of 2)]
In this two-part oral history, fighter ace Edwin L. Heller discusses his military service with the United States Army Air Forces during World War II. In part one, he describes his experiences as a fighter pilot, including his time in Europe with the…

[Herbert B. Hatch, Jr. oral history interview]
Fighter ace Herbert B. “Stub” Hatch, Jr. discusses his military service with the United States Army Air Forces during World War II. He describes his wartime experiences as a fighter pilot, including his time in the Mediterranean Theater with the 71st…

This recording contains conversations between German and American fighter pilots regarding their military service during World War II. The conversations took place during a goodwill meeting between the American Fighter Aces Association and the…

[Eugene Ralph Hanks oral history interview (Part 2 of 2)]
In this two-part oral history, fighter ace Eugene Ralph Hanks discusses his military service with the United States Navy during World War II. In part two, he continues to describe the combat mission that took place on November 23, 1943. He also…

[Eugene Ralph Hanks oral history interview (Part 1 of 2)]
In this two-part oral history, fighter ace Eugene Ralph Hanks discusses his military service with the United States Navy during World War II. In part one, he describes his experiences as a fighter pilot with Fighting Squadron 16 (VF-16) in the…

[Mayo A. "Mike" Hadden, Jr. oral history interview (Part 4 of 4)]
In this four-part oral history, fighter ace Mayo A. “Mike” Hadden, Jr. discusses his military service with the United States Navy during World War II. Part four contains excerpts from Hadden’s collection of episodes of "The Front Line," a radio…

[Mayo A. "Mike" Hadden, Jr. oral history interview (Part 3 of 4)]
In this four-part oral history, fighter ace Mayo A. “Mike” Hadden, Jr. discusses his military service with the United States Navy during World War II. In part three, he continues to describe his wartime experiences as a fighter pilot with Fighting…

[Mayo A. "Mike" Hadden, Jr. oral history interview (Part 2 of 4)]
In this four-part oral history, fighter ace Mayo A. “Mike” Hadden, Jr. discusses his military service with the United States Navy during World War II. In part two, he continues to describe his wartime experiences as a fighter pilot with Fighting…
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