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Interview on experiences in World War II

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Creator: Bainter, V. Boyd

Date: November 27, 2006

Level of Description: Item

Material Type: Manuscripts

Call Number: World War II Oral Histories Project

Unit ID: 211296

Biographical sketch: Inducted into the U.S. Army Air Force on June 11, 1943 in Leavenworth, Kansas, Boyd Bainter received machine shop training at Lincoln Air Base, Nebraska, Chanute Field, Illinois, Fresno, California, Oakland California, and Pratt Air Base, Kansas. He served in the Pacific from March 1945 to February 1946 as a carpenter and aircraft woodworker on Guam in a support group for the B-29 bombers that flew missions over Japan. Among other things, his group built the wooden pallets on which supplies were parachuted into Allied prisoner of war camps in the Pacific until they were liberated. He was discharged on March 5, 1946, at Fort Logan, Colorado, with the Pacific Theatre service medal. Apart from memories of his WWII service, Bainter described growing up on a farm in Jennings, Decatur County, Kansas during the "Dirty Thirties" in the middle of the Dust Bowl. After high school graduation in Jennings, Bainter studied general and aircraft woodworking at Bresee College in Hutchinson, Kansas, with assistance from the National Youth Administration. He went to work for Woodward Manufacturing Company in Hutchinson making wooden parts for the Cessna Aircraft Company of Wichita, before he was drafted into the Army Air Force. He returned to Jennings, Kansas, after the war, and said that "it was green for the first time" in his life. He entered into a farming partnership with his brother-in-law. He used the G.I. Bill to attend college (the Stout Institute in Wisconsin, and then at the University of Kansas) during the winter months and farmed during the summer. In 1948, he married a woman who'd been a high school classmate in Jennings. They lived in Oberlin, Decatur County, for forty years, before moving to Arizona. They then moved to a retirement community in Hutchinson, Kansas, to be nearer to their children.

Summary: Boyd Bainter was inducted into the Army (Air Force) in 1943 and served until 1946 in the 315th Bomb Wing, 20th Air Force. Interviewed by Marian Poe on Nov 27, 2006, Bainter talked about military experiences in the Second World War. He grew up in Jennings, Decatur County. He graduated from high school in 1941. The 2005 Kansas Legislature passed a bill funding the WWII Veterans Oral History grant program. This transcript is from one of the community institutions receiving grants. The transcript of the interview is presented here; the original video copy of the interview is available through the Rice County Historical Society (Lyons) and through the Kansas State Historical Society.

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