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Paul Yoder Burns Interview (2007)

World War II Oral Histories



Genre: Interview

Place Covered: England, France, Belgium, Germany

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2007-11-08

Duration: 00:48:22

Subjects: Burns, Paul Y. | World War II | Military | Veterans | World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives | United States. Army. Air Corps | Weather forecasting | Ardennes, Battle of the, 1944-1945 | V-E Day, 1945 | World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Europe


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An oral history interview conducted on November 8, 2007, with Paul Yoder Burns, a weather officer for the 370th Fighter Group of the Army Air Corps during World War II. He discusses: his training and deployment to an air base in England; his role in forecasting the weather and presenting the data to the pilots before all of their dive bombing missions; his experience of a German bomb attack near his base; his fighter group’s move to France 45 days after D-Day; the Germans fighting near his air base in Belgium during the Battle of the Bulge; his experience of V-E Day in Germany; his discharge from the service; and his career after the war.