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My Military Service
Following is transcribed from a letter written by Victor Haskin dated 29 Jun 2007:
I served nearly four years in the Army Air Corp. Spent several months in England putting modifications on P-47's (Fighters). Then went on to France via Omaha Beach (30 days after D Day). Was stationed at the Paris airport repairing planes for several months; then on to Charleroi, Belgium. Our planes were getting shot up pretty bad and we were busy getting them repaired and in the air. Went from there to Kastel, Germany. I can't remember just how long we were there when the war was over but when it was over we started gathering all the German aircraft that was jet-propelled, crated them all up and sent them to the States. You see we had no jet-propelled aircraft at that time. I remember being in South Hampton, England when the buzz-bombs were going over. We left Kastle and traveled in box-cars all the way to Marsailes, France. Left there in a troup-transfer for the States. The war was not over in Japan and we figured that we were headed that direction but the atomic bombs ended that war too. There you have a glimps of my military service. I came out with the rank of Master Sergent.
Telephone conversation Nov 9, 2010: Was in England about a year fitting planes for combat; and then was in the Battle of the Bulge.
Christmas letter Dec 2010: The only cruise ship he'd ever been on was the Queen Mary on his way to Scotland to serve in WWII.