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William C. Gatzman, III Interview (2007)

World War II Oral Histories



Genre: Interview

Place Covered: Australia

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2007-09-11

Duration: 00:16:35

Subjects: Gatzman, William C., III | World War II | Military | Veterans | World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives | United States. Army. Air Corps | World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Pacific Ocean | Gunn, Paul Irvin, 1899-1957


  • Ready, Crystal Interviewer
  • Gatzman, William C., III Interviewee


An oral history interview conducted on September 11, 2007, with William C. Gatzman III, a crew and flight chief with the Army Air Corps during World War II. He discusses: his deployment to Australia; finding crashed planes in order to use the spare parts; the story of Colonel Paul “Pappy” Gunn; the Japanese bombing raids at his base; and accidentally shooting a kangaroo.