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James F. Cole Interview (2007)

World War II Oral Histories



Genre: Interview

Place Covered: England, Belgium

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2007-09-06

Duration: 00:13:00

Subjects: Cole, James F. | World War II | Military | D-DAY | Veterans | World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives | United States. Army. Air Corps | World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Europe | World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- France -- Normandy | Ardennes, Battle of the, 1944-1945


  • Lefebvre, Marian Interviewer
  • Cole, James F. Interviewee


An oral history interview conducted on September 6, 2007, with James F. Cole, a Personnel Sergeant with the 397th Bombardment Group of the Army Air Corps during World War II. He discusses: his deployment to an air base in England; loading bombs onto planes on D-Day; waiting for his squadron to return to their Belgian air base during the Battle of the Bulge; his unique position as one of only three Personnel and Classification Specialists in the European Theater for the Air Corps; the responsibility of maintaining the service records for about 400 men and officers; and his discharge from the service.