[I. B. Jack Donalson and Andrew J. Reynolds oral history interview (Part 3 of 3)]
In this three-part oral history, fighter aces I. B. Jack Donalson and Andrew J. Reynolds are interviewed about their military service with the United States Army Air Corps during World War II. In part three, Reynolds continues to describe his wartime experiences as a fighter pilot and his time in Australia and Indonesia with the 20th Pursuit Squadron. He and Donalson also describe their time in Australia with the 9th Fighter Squadron. Topics discussed include military life and conditions in Java and Australia; Reynolds’s evacuation from Java after it fell to Japanese troops; and various combat missions and aerial victories.
The interview is conducted by fellow fighter ace Eugene A. Valencia and by an unidentified interviewer who also served in the Pacific Theater. Speakers are identified whenever possible. Note that the audio cuts out at a few places.
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Andrew J. Reynolds was born on August 17, 1917 in Seminole, Oklahoma. He joined the United States Army Air Corps in 1940 and graduated from flight training the following year. After stateside operational training with the 20th Pursuit Group, Reynolds was deployed to Australia with the 20th Pursuit Squadron of the 24th Pursuit Group. He later joined the 9th Fighter Squadron after the fall of Java. Reynolds remained in the military after the war and retired as a colonel in 1969. He passed away in 1976.
Biographical information courtesy of: Boyce, Ward J., ed., American fighter aces album. Mesa, Ariz: American Fighter Aces Association, 1996.