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B-17 Flying Fortress Crew - 486th Bomb Group, 832nd Bomb Squadron, Sudbury England, (Smoky Stover) Aircraft #43-37916, 22 combat missions [detail]

Veterans History Project Service Summary:

  • War or Conflict: World War, 1939-1945; Korean War, 1950-1953
  • Branch of Service: Air Force; Army Air Forces/Corps
  • Service Unit/Ship: 832nd Bomb Squadron, 486th Bomb Group, 5th Air Force
  • Location of Service: Korea; Canada
  • Highest Rank: Major
  • Collection Number: AFC/2001/001/2220

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"...we were on our 22nd bomb mission ... only needed 25 to go home..."

Corbin Willis delivers a stunning story dotted with heartbreaking humor. He survives interrogation, scabies, a crippling weight loss, and a 100-mile march through the snow from one POW camp to another in Germany. Upon return home, he finds out that most people think he has died. His mother tells him that his wife has remarried and is starting a new family.

Corbin B. Willis, Jr. Collection
Interview / Recording

More Resources

[ Corbin B. Willis' WWII POW ID Papers ]
[ Memoirs: "For Information - to my Grandchildren & Family" ]
[ Memoirs: "My Korean War Experience - 'Mosquito Wars'" ]
[ Letter from Carrie [02/19/91] ]
[ Identification Card for Corbin Willis, Korean War ]

About this Item

Title

  • Corbin B. Willis, Jr. Collection

Names

  • Willis Jr., Corbin B.
  • Willis, Corbin B.

Home State

  • Oregon

Headings

  • -  Willis Jr., Corbin B.
  • -  World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal Narratives
  • -  United States. Army Air Forces/Corps.
  • -  Prisoner of War -- United States
  • -  Korean War, 1950-1953 -- Personal Narratives
  • -  United States. Air Force.

Repository

  • Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Gender

  • Male

Race

  • White

Status

  • veteran

Service History

  • World War, 1939-1945

    • Branch of Service: Army Air Forces/Corps
    • Service Unit/Ship: 832nd Bomb Squadron, 486th Bomb Group, 5th Air Force
    • Location of Service: Canada
    • Highest Rank: Major
    • Dates of Service: 1941-1961
    • Prisoner of War: Yes
    • Military Status: veteran
    • Service History Note: The veteran flew 22 combat missions during World War II.
  • Korean War, 1950-1953

    • Branch of Service: Air Force
    • Location of Service: Korea
    • Highest Rank: Major
    • Dates of Service: 1941-1961
    • Entrance into Service: Commissioned
    • Military Status: veteran
    • Service History Note: The veteran flew 57 combat missions in Korea.

Materials

  • Audio: DAT [1 item] -- Oral history interview (collected 2003-09-09)
  • Manuscript: Correspondence [1 item] -- (collected unknown)
  • Manuscript: Memoir [2 items] -- (collected unknown)
  • Manuscript: Military papers (orders, personnel/201 files, etc) [2 items] -- (collected 1944-1951)
  • Photograph: Mixed (Multiple types of photographs) [7 items] -- Photographs (collected 1943)
  • Manuscript: Clippings [1 item] -- Typewritten document (collected 2006-05-25)

Collection Number

  • AFC/2001/001/2220

Cite as

  • Corbin B. Willis, Jr. Collection (AFC/2001/001/2220), Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Online Format

  • audio
  • image

Additional Metadata Formats

IIIF Presentation Manifest

Rights & Access

Using VHP Material in Publication or Exhibition

The Veterans History Project (VHP) at the Library of Congress collects, preserves and makes accessible the firsthand recollections of U.S. military veterans who served from World War I through more recent conflicts and peacekeeping missions, so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand what they saw, did and felt during their service. The Veterans History Project Collection includes oral histories along with documentary materials such as original letters, diaries, photographs, and memoirs.

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Citing VHP Materials

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Materials as a whole:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Manuscript material:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Memoirs (MS02), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Transcript (MS04), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Correspondence (MS01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Recording:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Audio recording (SR01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Video recording (MV01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Photograph:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Photographs (PH01), photographer unknown, Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Photographs (PH03-PH14), Ralph Williams photographer, Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Computer file:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Computer file (CF01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Artifact:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Artifact (AR01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Cite This Item

Citations are generated automatically from bibliographic data as a convenience, and may not be complete or accurate.

Chicago citation style:

Willis Jr., Corbin B, and Corbin B Willis. Corbin B. Willis, Jr. Collection. 1941. Personal Narrative. https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.02220/.

APA citation style:

Willis Jr, C. B. & Willis, C. B. (1941) Corbin B. Willis, Jr. Collection. [Personal Narrative] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.02220/.

MLA citation style:

Willis Jr., Corbin B, and Corbin B Willis. Corbin B. Willis, Jr. Collection. 1941. Personal Narrative. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.02220/>.