[Edwin L. Heller oral history interview (Part 1 of 2)]

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Title

[Edwin L. Heller oral history interview (Part 1 of 2)]

Description

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 486th Fighter Squadron of the 352nd Fighter Group. Special focus on a bomber escort mission to Germany on May 8, 1944 in which Heller scored two aerial victories and afterwards managed it back to England in a damaged North American P-51 Mustang.

Language

English

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

Oral History Item Type Metadata

Interviewee

Biographical Text

Edwin L. Heller was born on December 5, 1918 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He joined the United States Army Air Forces in 1942 and graduated from flight school the following year. Deployed to the European Theater of Operations, Heller served with the 486th Fighter Squadron of the 352nd Fighter Group, flying missions over Germany, Poland, and other areas of mainland Europe. He remained in the military after World War II and went on to command the 16th Fighter Squadron during the Korean War. During that conflict, he was shot down over China and spent several years as a prisoner of war. Released in 1953, Heller then served in a number of command positions with the Air Defense Command, Air Training Command, and Tactical Air Command. He retired at the rank of lieutenant colonel in 1967 and passed away in 2004.

Interviewer

Date of Interview

1989-08

Time Period Discussed

1944 circa

Individuals Mentioned

Duration

00:15:43

Transcription

Files

Citation

American Fighter Aces Association, “[Edwin L. Heller oral history interview (Part 1 of 2)],” The Museum of Flight - Digital Collections, accessed June 16, 2019, https://mof.omeka.net/items/show/17283.