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Minnesota's Greatest Generation Oral History Project: Part I: Interview with Dr. Harold H. Brown
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Harold H. Brown was born in 1924 in Minnesota. He volunteered for the Army Air Corps in 1943 and passed air cadet qualifying tests. Brown was shipped overseas to be part of a segregated fighter group, the Red Tailed Angels, stationed in Italy. In 1945, Brown's plane was shot down in Austria. He was captured by the Germans and later liberated by advancing Allied forces. Brown remained in the Air Corps (after 1947, the Air Force) after World War II, served in Korea, and retired with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Decision to join the Army Air Corps; serving in a segregated unit; flying bomber escort missions in Europe; being shot down in a mission near Linz, Austria; experience of being taken a Prisoner of War in Germany; interactions with German civilians and soldiers; interrogation procedures he went through in prison camps; surviving in POW camp Stalag VII-A for two months; conditions in which the Allied POWs lived; first experience of integration in a POW camp; becoming free after American forces came; repatriation for POWs after being freed; returning home after the end of the war.
3 hours sound cassette
56 pages transcript
Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
161 minutes length
Interviewee: Brown, Harold Ph.D.
Interviewer: Saylor, Thomas
Made in: Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States
|Holding Type||Oral History - Interview|
OH 112 (Library Call Number)
AV2006.1.4 (Accession Number)
MNHS Library Catalog
Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Minnesota's Greatest Generation Oral History Project: Part I'