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Interview on experiences in World War II

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Creator: Burditt, Lemmuel Earl

Date: August 8, 2006

Level of Description: Item

Material Type: Manuscripts

Call Number: World War II Oral Histories Project

Unit ID: 211311

Biographical sketch: Burditt was inducted into the Air Corp at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas, on August 28, 1942. He chose to be trained as an airplane mechanic, and was sent directly, without any basic training, for six months of aeronautical training at the University of Chicago. In late February 1943 he was shipped from Chicago to a new air base in Marana, Arizona, where he remained working on B17s until November 1944. After six months in Marana, he was promoted from mechanic to crew chief, and supervised a crew of five for the maintenance of twenty-five B17s. He was transferred to Hobbs, New Mexico in November 1944, where he worked on the electrical crew for B17s. He was sitting on a troop train in Salt Lake City, headed overseas, when he received word that the Japanese had surrendered. He was discharged from Lowry Air Force Base in Denver, Colorado on December 8, 1945.

Summary: Burditt was drafted into the Army (Air Force) in 1942 and served until 1945. Interviewed by Lynette Stenzel on Aug 8, 2006, Burditt talked about military experiences in the Second World War. The 2005 Kansas Legislature passed a bill funding the WWII Veterans Oral History grant program. This transcript is from one of the nine community institutions that received these grants. The transcript from the interview is presented here; the original video copy of the interview is available through the Frank Stull American Legion #152 (Ness City) and through the Kansas State Historical Society.

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Title (Main title): Interview on experiences in World War II

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