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Charles Harris | 482nd Army Air Force Base Unit

4:34   |   Charles Harris was very much interested in aviation, so he volunteered for the Army Air Corps during the patriotic wave that swept the country after Pearl Harbor. He never got to be a pilot because he suffered a freak accident during physical training in sub-zero weather. He endured, however, determined to contribute to the war effort. (This interview made possible with the support of DONALD G. STEWART.)

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  • Charles Harris  |  WWII  |  482nd Army Air Force Base Unit  |  4:35

    Hampered by an accident suffered in training, Charles Harris still found a role to play as an instructor on the Norden bombsight. Eventually, he grew tired of the classroom and asked to be put on the line, training crews departing for the Pacific theater. (This interview made possible with the support of DONALD G. STEWART.)

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