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"There were a lot of pilots who didn't make it who were better than I." (Interview)

   Robert H. Powell
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Robert Powell, 2003
War: World War, 1939-1945; Korean War, 1950-1953
Branch: Army Air Forces/Corps; Air Force
Unit: 328th Fighter Squadron, 352nd Fighter Group; Air Force Escort Group
Service Location: Normandy, France; European Theater
Rank: Captain; Captain
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At the age of seven, Robert Powell was taken for a ride up into the clouds by a barnstorming pilot, and he was hooked on flying from then on. In wartime Europe, he flew escort missions for bombers, but his favorite job was the most dangerous one: strafing ground positions. He was in his element on D-Day and during the first weeks of the invasion, helping to distract the enemy and provide cover for Allied troops. Since his retirement, Powell has been documenting the history of his squadron in writing and on video.

Interview (Video)
»Interview Highlights  (8 clips)
»Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 
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Download: video(4) (89 min.)
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Snatching victory from near-disaster (part 1/2) (01:45) Snatching victory from near-disaster (part 2/2) (01:18) The dangers of ground strafing. (03:22)
Rescue of a flier downed in the North Sea. (02:32) Flying a Mustang without instructions. (04:02) Preparations for D-Day. (11:01)
Flying three missions on D-Day. (04:03) Post-service days; called back for Korea. (03:38) 

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