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Minnesota's Greatest Generation Oral History Project: Part I: Interview with Arthur Tomes
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Arthur Tomes was born in 1920 in Minnesota. He was inducted into the Army Air Corps in 1941. After earning his wings, Tomes spent the next two years as a flight instructor, training bombardiers and pilots for duty in bomber aircraft. In 1944, Art volunteered for the B-29 Superfortress program and had training stateside before being posted to the Pacific. He flew thirty-five combat missions before the end of the war. After V-J Day, he was rotated back to the United States and discharged with the rank of Captain. He later married and raised a family. In 1995, Tomes returned to Japan to visit Himeji, a city firebombed by B-29s in a July 1945 mission. He helped organize a meeting to bring together Japanese citizens and American veterans. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Going into the Army Air Corps and getting pilot training; working as a flight instructor training bombardiers and pilots for duty; volunteering for the B-29 Superfortress program; serving in the Pacific on the island of Tinian as an airplane commander; experience flying 35 combat missions; returning to civilian life and marriage; how serving in the Army Air Corps changed his life; beginning of his love affair with airplanes in the Army; returning to Japan in the mid-1990s to previous camp sites; importance of attending reunions for him.
3 hours sound cassette
52 pages transcript
Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
127 minutes length
Interviewee: Tomes, Arthur
Interviewer: Saylor, Thomas
Made in: Burnsville, Dakota County, Minnesota, United States
|Holding Type||Oral History - Interview|
OH 112 (Library Call Number)
AV2006.1.27 (Accession Number)
MNHS Library Catalog
Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Minnesota's Greatest Generation Oral History Project: Part I'