Minnesota's Greatest Generation Oral History Project: Part II: Interview with Norman Midthun

Transcript (PDF)


Titles Minnesota's Greatest Generation Oral History Project: Part II: Interview with Norman Midthun
Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Norman Midthun was born in Minneapolis. His family suffered economically during the Great Depression. He developed a strong work ethic while attending Roosevelt High School, working part time as a butcher. Early in World War II he was too young to join the American military so he enlisted in the Norwegian Air Force where he served as a PBY pilot. After the war he flew the Norwegian Crown Prince around Norway to inspect war damage and boost morale of the population. Returning to Minnesota he found work with Northwest Airlines and attended St. Olaf College. He eventually became one of Northwest's leading pilots. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Spending several years with his grandparents after his mother's death; his family difficulties during the Great Depression and his father's struggle to provide for his family; neighborhood and school activities; working in several butcher shops as a teenager; joining the Norwegian Air Force; pilot's training; personalities encountered; flying agents and supplies into occupied Norway; experiences with the Norwegian Crown Prince; attending St. Olaf College; rising in position in Northwest airlines from mail delivery to one of the airline's top pilots; developments in the airline industry from 1945 through the mid 1980s.
Quantity 5 hours sound cassettes
84 pages transcript
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 270 minutes length
Creation Interviewee: Midthun, Norman
Interviewer: Bekke, Douglas
Made in: Excelsior, Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States
Dates Creation: 12/20/2006
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 115 (Library Call Number)
AV2008.26.26 (Accession Number)
More Info MNHS Library Catalog
Related Collections Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Minnesota's Greatest Generation Oral History Project: Part II'


This browser does not support PDFs. Please download the PDF to view it: Download PDF.

User Comments

How Can We Help?

Know Something We Don't?

Please comment below if you are able to:

  • provide any additional information that will help us better understand or interpret these items
  • provide information that clarifies historical context of the item
  • report an error in the description


Name and Comment will be displayed publicly.

Name: (required)

E-mail: (required)

I agree to the Terms of Use (required)

If you are a person leave these fields blank.