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Interview on experiences in World War II

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Creator: Crockett, Walter "Hob"

Date: June 29, 2007

Level of Description: Item

Material Type: Manuscripts

Call Number: World War II Oral Histories Project

Unit ID: 212288

Biographical sketch: Walter "Hob" Crockett was attending college in Emporia, Kansas in 1940 when he joined the National Guard. Right after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor their unit was shipped to San Francisco where they guarded the Golden Gate Bridge and an arsenal at Benicia, California. He applied to get into the Air Force and was accepted. After an extensive furlough he was sent to San Antonio, Texas for pre-flight training and also trained at Muskogee, Oklahoma; Winfield, Kansas; and Altus, Oklahoma. For a year and a half he was an instructor of twin-engine airplanes. He also ferried twin-engine airplanes across the country, and flew P-51's from the factory in Fort Worth to both coasts. In September of 1944 he was sent to India and flew cargo planes back and forth across India which he describes as being very "tedious and boring." They were stationed about a hundred miles north of Calcutta at Balughat and he describes India as being hot and dirty. When the war ended in Europe he had enough points to be discharged so he came back home in July of 1945. By this time he had completed 1,500 hours of flying time. Walter went to school using the G.I. Bill and received his doctorate degree in social psychology from the University of Michigan in 1953, and taught at the University of Kansas from 1968 until his retirement in 1988.

Summary: Crockett enlisted in the Army (Air Force) in 1940 and served until 1945. Interviewed by Brian Grubbs on Jun 29, 2007, Crockett 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 community institutions receiving grants. The transcript of the interview is presented here; the original video copy of the interview is available through the Watkins Community Museum of History (Lawrence) and through the Kansas State Historical Society.

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