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"Anybody that wasn't scared or apprehensive at the time, they wasn't telling the truth. But I came to the point then, this wasn't no way to be acting. This might be the time I go see Jesus." (Video Interview, Part 2, 4:33)

   Charles Luther Blount
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Charles Blount
War: World War, 1939-1945
Branch: Army Air Forces/Corps
Unit: 90th Troop Carrier Squadron, 438th Troop Carrier Group, 9th Air Force
Service Location: European Theater; Normandy, France
Rank: Technical Sergeant
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Charles Blount was often the last person to see a paratrooper as he dove out of the plane over a drop zone. "I counted them as they went out," Blount says, detailing the events that took place aboard his plane in the early morning hours of June 6, 1944. From Normandy to Holland to the Battle of the Bulge, Blount saw the beginning of three major campaigns for victory in Europe. Wounded over Germany in 1945, he would meet years later at a reunion the German Messerschmitt pilot who shot him.

Interview (Video)
»Interview Highlights  (9 clips)
»Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 
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Download: video(3) (75 min.)
»Photo Album  (9 photos)
»The Invasion of Holland: Operation Market Garden by Austin Buchanen
 Personal Correspondence
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»Typescript of Charles Lusher's diary
 Other Materials
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 Video (Interview Excerpts) (9 items)
Preparing for D-Day (02:27) D-Day; spending time with the paratroopers on the ride over to France; "Course they were kids just like I was…" (03:31) Towing British paratroopers in gliders over Normandy later in the afternoon of June 6. (01:02)
Description of London during the war; witnessing Buzz Bomb attacks on the city. (01:26) An emotional meeting with some Netherlanders looking for their family members taken away by the Germans. (01:41) Operation Market Garden; plane shot down while ferrying gliders into the battle zone. (03:07)
Wounded on a flight over Germany to supply gasoline to Patton's Third Army; several years after the war, meeting the German pilot who shot him. (03:42) After the end of the war in Europe, ferrying Jewish refugees from the concentration camps out of Germany. (01:15) German prisoner of war attacking a nurse on board the plane during one post-war ferrying trip. (01:40)
 Personal Correspondence (4 items)
Letter from Hans der Brok [November 28, 2002] Letter from Emmanuel Allain [November 22, 2000] Letter to Hans der Brok [December 26, 2002]
Letter to unidentified recipient [undated]  
 Other Materials (2 items)
Brief History of the 90th Troop Carrier Squadron Map indicating routes of Allied flights over Normandy, D-Day, June 6, 1944 

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