"Aces of The Eighth" by Jack Fellows

World War II Memoir by Glenn Hope

I joined the 80th when they were at 12-mile strip Port Moresby in early August ’42.  Ten of us volunteered to go overseas early so we became 2nd Lts before the rest of the cadets.  We were sent to Tallahassee, Fl.  We got two weeks in a P39 and we were on our way to Hawaii.  We checked into a…

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World War II Memoir by Gordon Willett

In late November 1941 some eighty seven members of the class of 41-I, who had volunteered, were sent from their various training bases over the country to Mitchell Field on Long Island New York.  They had signed a contract with Pan Am to agree to resign their commissions (which would be awarded on 12 December 1941) and become employees of…

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World War II Memoir by Hon Arthur E. Lasker

I was a P-38 fighter pilot in the 36th Fighter Squadron of the 8th Fighter Group. Our Commanding Officer was Emmett “Cyclone” Davis, of “Cyclone’s Flying Circus” Comprised of the 35th, , 36tth and 80th Fighter Squadrons of the 5th Air Force in the Pacific Theater of Operations. We were on the Island of   Mindoro in the Philippines when Cyclone…

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World War II Memoir by Matt Notz

Pearl Harbor was under attack. World War II reached the shores of the United States. The 8th Pursuit Group was on alert and ready. It consisted of the 33rd, 35th and 36th Pursuit Squadrons. The 8th Pursuit Group was activated at Langley Field, VA in 1931. Headquarters issued orders and the Group made its first move in 1940. At this…

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World War II Memoir by Ken Lloyd

An eager 18-year-old was sworn into the U. S. Army Air Corps on his birthday, June 4, 1942 as an aviation cadet and reported to the Santa Ana Army Air Base on January 3, 1943 for Preflight School. That is when I met some future “Headhunters”: 0. J. Harris, Don (Deac) Logslett, Hugh Hatfield, and L. G. Johnson. We went…

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World War II Memoir by L.C. Bradley

“Preface-You asked for memoirs. Here they are for what they are worth. Besides the personal incidents detailed below, I remember the camaraderie, the poker games, the priceless mission whiskey, the lousy pre-mission breakfast with beady little eyes peering out of the marmalade, trying to keep the refrig operating, searching for bacon and cheese in the K-rations, Olnick’s monkey, lousy Manila…

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World War II Memoir by Manny Pedroso

“On 4 October, 1940, I enlisted in the Army at 39 Whitehall Street in New York City. I was sent to Mitchell Field on Long Island. 15 months later I was a proud member of the newly formed 80th Pursuit Squadron. I had really enjoyed my tour of duty at Mitchell. Every weekend we would go to NYC. At 99…

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World War II Memoir by Bob Peters

“Real war experiences are always serious, can be fatal, sometimes strange, often bizarre, and later hilarious. My combat service was just like the movies. We flew mostly on dawn patrols, and sometimes a buddy would not come back. I was fortunate to serve in the famous 80th Fighter squadron of the 8th Fighter Group-the ‘Headhunters.’ We flew P-38s-the Twin-Tailed Lockheed…

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World War II Memoir by Frank Cicerello

“I had just finished reading the latest 8th Fighter Group Association newsletter and decided to see what memorabilia I had while I was with the 80th Fighter Squadron in the States and overseas during World War II. I had kept a diary in part of my service experience, it is not a daily diary, but only excerpts of events that…

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World War II Memoir by by John Stanaway

“Wewak, on the northern coast of New Guniea, was the most heavily defended Japanese base on that island during the Southwest Pacific air campaign of World War II. At least seven fighter sentais (regiments) were based on the various surrounding fighter stations during 1943 and early 1944. Defenses were so strong, in fact, that Wewak was not assaulted on the…

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World War II Memoir by Paul Murphey

“My class was 43-D, we graduated at Williams Field, Chandler, AZ on April 12, 1943. most of this class all trained in the RP-322, a P-38 with no supercharger. It was built for the British and they turned it down. It seemed like a speeding bullet after flying AT-17s and AT-9s. After graduation we were sent to Muroc, CA out…

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World War II Memoir by M.F. Kirby

“What I have to say may not be entirely accurate for fifty years has a way of dimming the exact truth, but I will try. Another thing that I have noticed, the more of the participants that die off seems to make the survivors more positive in the telling of their tales. By the way, all of the historical information…

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