Richardson, Delton 1982-10-04

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Delton Richardson, retired Air Force officer, discusses his flight training and experience during World War II.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Delton, Richardson

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: October 04, 1982

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: Mark Wells

Length: 1 hour


Tape 1, Side 1: Born: 1920, Hall County, Texas, Moved to Lubbock (1926), Interested in aviation, Draft, Requirements for cadet training, Night School to prepare for test, Entered Air Force, March 1942, Early Training, Pre-flight, Primary training—PT-19, Basic training—BT-13, Advanced training—AT-17, Multi-engine training, Lubbock during war years, Size, Commerce, Patriotic fervor, Community support of military, Advance training at Lubbock Army Flying School, Basic instrument training, Radio contact training, Description of AT-9, Class size, Wash-out rate, Military environment, Navigation training, Entertainment, Cadet Club, Hilton Hotel, Augustus F. Reese, Richardson’s impressions, Graduation from advanced training (March 1943), On to Instructor’s School, Reassigned to Reese Air Force Base as an instructor, Assigned to Tarrant Army Air Field, Advanced class for B-24 transition, Instructor at Tarrant, Advantages of instructorship, Particulars of instruction, Division of students, Schedules, Instrument instruction, Radio instruction, Assigned to India (1945), Flew C-109 and C-54, Primarily transporting aviation fuel.

Tape 1, Side 2: India (continued), Theatre patch, Flying the C-109, Crews, "Flying the Hump", Problems, Losses, Japanese aircraft attacks, Icing conditions, Bases in India, Allied forces stationed there, Aircraft stationed there, Leaving India, Marriage, May 1943, Son born while at Carswell Air Force Base, Remained in service after war, Ferry squadron out of Dallas B-29 ground school, Shipped to Topeka, Kansas, Ferrying command, Left service, Began at Tech (1947), Graduated (May 1950), Managed medical clinic in Midland, Texas, Recalled for Korean War, Accounting and Finance Officer, Changes in Reese from 1943 to Korean War, B-25 Training, Buildings, Size of operation, Changes in Lubbock after World War II, Texas Tech, B-47 Program, Richardson retired (August 1970).

Range Dates: 1926-1970

Bulk Dates: 1942-1946

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