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Oral history interview with Richard Radlinger 2005.

Author: Richard Radlinger; John K Driscoll; Wisconsin Veterans Museum.
Edition/Format:   Archival material : Cassette recording : English
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Richard Radlinger, a Park Falls, Wis. native, discusses his World War II service in the United States Army Air Corps as an engineer and his experience as a German prisoner of war.
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Genre/Form: Personal narratives, American
Named Person: Richard Radlinger
Document Type: Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Radlinger; John K Driscoll; Wisconsin Veterans Museum.
OCLC Number: 226295691
Event notes: Interviewed by John K. Driscoll on May 5, 2005 in Park Falls, Wisconsin.
Description: Sound recording ; 1 audiocassette (ca. 53 min.) ; analog, 1 7/8 ips. Transcript : 18 p. Master sound recording ; 1 audiocassette (ca. 53 min.) ; analog, 1 7/8 ips.

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Richard Radlinger, a Park Falls, Wis. native, discusses his World War II service in the United States Army Air Corps as an engineer and his experience as a German prisoner of war.

Radlinger talks of spending his summers at Fort Snelling (Minnesota) in the Citizens Military Training Camp before actually entering the service in January of 1943. Radlinger explains that he and his four brothers were all drafted into the service and, after basic training, he was sent overseas to North Africa with the 15th Air Force as an engineer flying B-17's. Radlinger discusses his participation in the invasion of Southern France, particularly the bombing of Marseilles. In September 1943, Radlinger relates his assignment to the 2nd Bomb Group and participation in a mission to bring back POWs from Romania. He details receiving multiple injuries during a bombing mission in Bulgaria where his plane lost two of its engines, crash landed, and killed two people. Radlinger explains that during another mission his plane was bombed, he parachuted, and noticed his left leg was missing as he was coming down. Hospitalized as a German prisoner of war, he talks of the winter of 1944-1945 as being the coldest on record, watching the thousands of English and French planes on the 27th of December during the Battle of the Bulge, and that the hospital was almost hit during the bombings. Radlinger relates he was sent to Camp Minnegan where others, who were severely injured, were returned to the United States. He talks of taking the Swedish ship Gripsholm back to the States. Radlinger speaks highly of the surgery on his leg stump he received under German care, but was ordered, under threat of court martial, to have another operation once in America. The operation was unsuccessful, which led to another and yet another operation finally involving another year stay at Percy Jones Hospital in Michigan. Radlinger talks in more detail about the various types of aircraft and navigator suits, as well as some of the machinery used by the Germans.

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