Oral History Interview with Alex Strohmayer

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Title

Oral History Interview with Alex Strohmayer

Description

Alex talks being a B-17 bomber pilot with the 381st Bomb Group. When Alex says "ship", he is referring to an aircraft.

Creator

Alex Strohmayer
Yonkers Public Library

Source

Alex Strohmayer

Publisher

Yonkers Public Library

Date

6/4/2019

Relation

Oral History Interview with Standford Bernstein:
http://archive.ypl.org/items/show/675

Photograph of Alex Strohmayer and Standford Bernstein:
http://archive.ypl.org/items/show/676

Format

MP3

Identifier

2019.031.001

Oral History Item Type Metadata

Interviewer

Michael Walsh

Interviewee

Alex Strohmayer

Location

Grinton I. Will Library

Original Format

JPEG

Duration

46:38

Time Summary

00:19-Born in Austria
00:40-December 9, 1921 family immigrates to US.
1:45-Family moves to Newark, N.J.
3:37-Family moves to Bronx-Father runs a parking garage.
5:35-Reaction to December 7, 1941.
8:55-Joined the Army Air Corps.
9:50-Completes training on March 3, 1943.
11:19-Working on latrine duty.
15:30-Sent to Maxwell Field, Georgia.
16:56-Learns to fly in Orangeburg, S.C.
18:27-Pilot tries to scare Alex with sharp maneuvers while training in plane.
20:03-Flew by himself (soloed) for thirteen hours.
24:00-Gets in B-17 accident-Jump out of plane with parachute.
29:06-Helps G.I.s change tires of a jeep after touching ground with a parachute.
32:45-Begins flying B-17s.
34:00-Flew 35 missions without getting shot down.
34:53-Sees a mysterious German spotter plane over Berlin.
37:34-Dangerous mission-Schweinfurt bombing raid.
39:30-Changes bombing route due to incompetence of officer in Alex's squadron.
41:52-German rocket planes.
43:50-P-51s protect B-17s.
45:00-Bombs German railroad numerous days in a row.
46:10-January 9, 1946 took a ship to go back to the United States.

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Collection

Citation

Alex Strohmayer Yonkers Public Library, “Oral History Interview with Alex Strohmayer,” Yonkers Public Library Archive, accessed June 16, 2024, http://archive.ypl.org/items/show/674.