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COMBAT STORIES FROM World War II

Clyde Burnette | 713th Squadron, 448th Bomb Group, 8th Air Force - Army Air Corps/Air Force

6:24   |   The Red Cross parcels were supposed to augment the food provided by the Germans but it became the primary food source for the American airmen in Stalag 17B. Clyde Burnette describes how they kept distracted from the hunger, including making some homemade booze from raisins and holding rat races in the barracks. When a prisoner stole food from another, the punishment was harsh and memorable.

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  • Clyde Burnette  |  Cold War  |  Multiple Units  |  8:01

    Continuing his Air Force career after the war in Europe, Clyde Burnette became a flight engineer ferrying retired aircraft. After a short discharge and reenlistment, he served in the Berlin Airlift. When they asked for a position check on one flight near the East German border, they didn't get a position but they were told to immediately make a 180 degree turn.

  • Clyde Burnette  |  Cold War  |  Multiple Units  |  4:48

    After serving in World War II and the Korean War, Clyde Burnette was stationed in the Philippines as the Vietnam War began to heat up. He nearly got sent there but returned to the States to finish his career which included prepping aircraft for possible use in the Cuban Missile Crisis.

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