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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 II, 1939-1946; Korean War, 1950-1955
Branch: Army Air Forces/Corps
Unit: 328th Squadron, 352nd Fighter Group
Service Location: Normandy, France; European Theater
Highest Rank: Captain; Captain
Place of Birth: Wilcoe, WV
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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)
»Complete Interview  (89 min.)
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Snatching victory from near-disaster (part 1/2) (01:45) Flying a Mustang without instructions. (04:02) Rescue of a flier downed in the North Sea. (02:32)
The dangers of ground strafing. (03:22) Snatching victory from near-disaster (part 2/2) (01:18) Flying three missions on D-Day. (04:03)
Preparations for D-Day. (11:01) Post-service days; called back for Korea. (03:38) 
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