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Document Details


Title: Robert Michelsen
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: Concordia University, St. Paul. Department of History
Collection: Prisoner of War Oral History Project
Description: Robert Michelsen was born 15 November 1925 in Minneapolis; he attended South High School, graduating in 1943. Soon thereafter he volunteered for the US Army Air Corps, and after basic training was sent to gunnery school. By mid-1944 he was training to be a crew member on a B-29 Superfortress bomber. In April 1945 his 11-man crew, with Captain Dick Mansfield, was stationed to the US Army Air Corps base at North Field, Guam (314th Bomb Wing, 29th Bomb Group), from where missions were launched against mainland Japan. The Mansfield crew flew ten missions over the next six weeks, striking urban areas as well as military targets.
URL: http://people.csp.edu/saylor/POWproject/POWinterviews/MichelsonR.htm
Original Language: English
Time span: Not indicated ... to 2001 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Michelson, Robert, 1925-
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker date of birth: 15-Nov-1925
Speaker place of birth: Minneapolis, MN; Minnesota; United States; North America
Speaker race: White
Speaker occupation: Military personnel
Age at speaking: 76
Document location: Apple Valley, MN
Document date: 03-Nov-2001
Interviewer: Saylor, Thomas
Organizations discussed: U.S. Army Air Force, 1918-1947
Historical events discussed: World War II, 1939-1945
Locations discussed: Asia; Japan; Minnesota; North America; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Asia; Bombing, Aerial; Japan; Minnesota; North America; Oral history; Prisoners of war; U.S. Army Air Force, 1918-1947; United States; United States--Armed Forces; World War II, 1939-1945; World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Japan; World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, American; World War, 1939-1945--Veterans
ASP release: 2007-01
Document code: OHI0034059-37401