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"It would get so humid, your shoes would rot overnight." (Video Interview, 58.23)

   Henry James Ryskamp
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James H. Ryskamp [detail from video]
War: World War, 1939-1945
Branch: Army Air Forces/Corps
Unit: 793rd Squadron, 468th Group, 58th Wing, 20th Air Force
Service Location: Northern Mariana Islands; Calcutta, India
Rank: Staff Sergeant
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As an engineering student at Calvin College when the war started, Henry James Ryskamp thought he might end up building bridges in the Army. Instead, he took intensive training at Waldover Briggs Manufacturing in Detroit, where he learned to maintain the Army Air Force's first computerized gunnery system. He spent most of his time in India overseeing a squadron of eighteen men who took care of the new B-29s and their sophisticated systems.

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The B29s were equipped with the first computerized gunnery system. (02:08)  
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Student paper: "Honoring You: The World War II Story of Jim Ryskamp" Student paper: "A Man in a War: Henry James Ryskamp" 

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