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Oscar G. Richard, III Interview (2007)

World War II Oral Histories



Genre: Interview

Place Covered: Barth, Germany

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2007-08-23

Duration: 00:35:45

Subjects: Richard, Oscar | World War II | Military | Veterans | World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives | United States. Army. Air Corps | World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Europe | Doolittle, James Harold, 1896-1993 | Prisoner of war | Stalag Luft I | Authors


  • Richard, Oscar G., III Interviewee
  • Lefebvre, Marian Interviewer


An oral history interview conducted on August 23, 2007, with Oscar G. Richard, III, a bombardier in the 384th Bombardment Group of the 8th Air Force during World War II. He discusses: enlisting in the Army Air Corps; his training; his deployment to Europe; flying in his first combat mission; the impact of General Jimmy Doolittle on destroying the German Luftwaffe; bailing out of his plane during his third mission and being captured as a German prisoner of war; his interrogation by the Germans; his imprisonment at the Stalag Luft 1 prison camp in Barth, Germany, for 16 months; the liberation of the camp; returning home; and publishing his memoir.