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Interview on experiences in World War II

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Creator: Davis, Jr., Easter M.

Date: November 6, 2006

Level of Description: Item

Material Type: Manuscripts

Call Number: World War II Oral Histories Project

Unit ID: 211322

Biographical sketch: In October 1942, Easter Davis, Jr. was twenty-one years old and working in the shipyard in Orange, Texas when he enlisted in the Army Air Force as part of the "Houston Volunteers." He was sent to Ellington Field near Houston, Texas for boot camp and to engineers school in Altus, Oklahoma. He was sent for further training at Tinker Field in Oklahoma City and graduated as a combination T5-6 aircraft welder. He was assigned to a service squadron at Pratt Field near Wichita to help repair the first B-29s' design flaw in their exhaust system. The repair consisted of welding a stainless steel shield to prevent exhaust system knuckle joints from burning out and catching the engines on fire during long flights. Although he was scheduled to be shipped overseas three times, his name was removed from the list each time so that he could continue to repair B-29 exhaust systems at Pratt. He was at Pratt from July 1943 to January 1944. He was then sent to Walker Field in Hays, Kansas for nine months, to Smoky Hill in Salina, Kansas for three months, and to Scout Field in Illinois to be discharged in January 1946. Pratt, Walker, and Smoky Hill were three of the four bases (Great Bend was the fourth) at which B-29 crews were trained, and new B-29s were modified and maintained, during WWII.

Summary: Corporal/Specialist Davis, Jr. enlisted in the Army (Air Force) in 1942 and served until 1946 in the T5-6 Combination welder . Interviewed by Judy Walker on Nov 6, 2006, Davis, Jr. 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 Ellis County Historical Society (Hays) 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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