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 aircraft.

For additional information about Alex Strohmayer, please click on this link: https://news.hrvh.org/veridian/cgi-bin/senylrc?a=d&d=bronxvillereviewpressreporterBRONXVILLE19981112.1.9
The article that mentions Alex is "World War II vet saddened by thinning ranks" by Maury Allen.

Creator

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

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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Citation

Yonkers Public Library, “Oral History Interview with Alex Strohmayer,” Yonkers Public Library Archive, accessed June 25, 2019, http://archive.ypl.org/items/show/674.