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Oral History Interview with Alan W. Saunders, October 8, 2004

Description:

Interview with Alan W. "Buck" Saunders, a pilot during World War II. He discusses joining the Army Air Corps, becoming an airplane mechanic, and going to flight school for pilot training. He was stationed in India and flew supplies into China over the Himalayas (known by pilots as "the Hump"). In China, he traded items such as jewelry or opium for information on Japanese troop placements in Burma. He also discusses his meetings with native Burmese and talks about later experiences he had after the war and during the Vietnam War.

Creator(s):
Location(s):
Creation Date: October 8, 2004
Partner(s):
National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
Collection(s):
National Museum of the Pacific War Oral History Collection
Texas Oral History Collection
World War Two Collection
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Creator (Interviewer):
Creator (Interviewee):
Saunders, Alan W.

Buck Saunders

Publisher Info:
Place of Publication: Fredericksburg, Texas
Date(s):
  • Creation: October 8, 2004
Coverage:
Place
India
Place
China
Place
Myanmar
Place
Vietnam
Place
United States - Texas
Era
Into Modern Times, 1939-Present
Description:

Interview with Alan W. "Buck" Saunders, a pilot during World War II. He discusses joining the Army Air Corps, becoming an airplane mechanic, and going to flight school for pilot training. He was stationed in India and flew supplies into China over the Himalayas (known by pilots as "the Hump"). In China, he traded items such as jewelry or opium for information on Japanese troop placements in Burma. He also discusses his meetings with native Burmese and talks about later experiences he had after the war and during the Vietnam War.

Note:

A. W. (Buck) Saunders is also the author of a book about World War II -- The Price of Glory.

Physical Description:

1 sound recording : digital

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Keyword(s): oral histories | biographies | interviews | WWII | Kunming, China | Burma
Partner:
National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
Collection:
National Museum of the Pacific War Oral History Collection
Collection:
Texas Oral History Collection
Collection:
World War Two Collection
Identifier:
  • LOCAL-CONT-NO: OH01270
  • ARK: ark:/67531/metapth204505
  • ARK: ark:/67531/metapth204505
Resource Type: Sound
Format: Audio
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