Blake, Robert 1985-01-30

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Robert Blake reminisces about his military service during World War II.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Robert Blake

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Date: January 30, 1985

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: Richard Mason and David Murrah

Length: 45 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Lubbock Jaycees exhibition fight, 1948, Fighters out of New York, Jack Dempsey, Gin Rummy, Anecdote: Dempsey giving a "hot fire", Family to Lubbock from Hobert, Oklahoma, 1937, Life in Hobert, Oil activity in Lubbock area, Father's involvement, Employment in Lubbock, Education, Military service, World War II, Reasons for entry, Hearing deficiency, Entry, November 11, 1942, Injury to ear, 1939, Brothers who served, Army Air Corp training, Chinese-American Composite, Wing, Responsibilities, Missions flown, Japanese supply trains, Colonel Chennault, Supply trains (again), Pilot killed, Blake flies plane, Removing body from cockpit, Jumping from the plane

Tape 1, Side 2: Chinese guerrilla fighter, Communication, Arrival of American pilot, Dick Moncrieff, Chinese "grapevine", Anecdote: finding Sergeant Anderson, Bill Evans, Debriefing after mission, Completion of fifty missions, Return to China, Search for Captain Waggeman's grave

Range Dates: 1937-1985

Bulk Dates: 1940-1945

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