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Video Log Ronald Morton Williams Korean War United States Air Force Born: January 7, 1935 Interview Date: 10-13-2009 Interviewed By: Gregg Cerosky M2U00010.MPG 00:00:00 Introduction 00:00:51 He served during the Korean War, but never reached Korea. His aircraft commander experienced an illness during flight training and the crew became reassigned to the Strategic Air Command in California. 00:01:14 He served in California, as well as Dow AFB in Bangor, ME. 00:01:36 He recalls witnessing an accident firsthand involving a KC-97 tanker aircraft, which crashed on landing. 00:02:21 Williams enlisted in the Air Force at the age of seventeen, growing tiresome of high school adolescence. 00:03:47 He enlisted directly into the United States Air Force, as it seemed exciting. He completed basic training at Sampson AFB in New York. He trained during wintertime, it was cold, but not physically demanding. Basic training was comprised of classroom sessions as opposed to high physical standards. 00:04:34 Assignments were based on aptitude tests, as well as where the Air Force needed personnel. He chose aerial gunnery because it “sounded exciting and he didn’t know any better.” 00:05:14 The Air Force flew him out to Lowry AFB in Denver, CO, to Primary Gunner School. This was also the site of the Air Force Academy. 00:05:58 At gunnery school, he experienced six months of intense technical training. After this, he experienced aerial gunnery training. He trained in stripped B-29 s left over from World War Two, which would be “attacked” by F-51 Mustang aircraft. The instructors evaluated gun camera film in order to measure student performance. He began to doubt the future of aerial gunnery as aircraft became faster. 00:07:21 Williams was elected to be the tail gunner on these training flights. The tail section of a B-29 incorporated an independently pressurized compartment, which could become depressurized without the rest of the flight crew knowing. He was 6’3” tall at the time, adding to the uncomfortable confines of the rear position.
|Title||Synopsis of oral history interview with Ronald M. Williams.|
|Description||Typed synopsis of video interview with Ronald M. Williams conducted by Gregg Cerosky. The interview details Williams time in the U.S. Air Force.|
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Williams, Ronald M.
|War or Conflict||
Korean War, 1950-1953
|Branch of Service||
United States. Air Force
|Unit of Service||Strategic Air Command|
|Rank||Airman 1st Class|
Korean War, 1950-1953 -- Personal narratives, American
Veterans -- Connecticut -- Interviews
Johnson Controls, Inc.
United States. Air Force. Strategic Air Command.
Sampson Air Force Base (NY)
Lowry Air Force Base (Colo.)
Randolph Field (Tex.)
Castle Air Force Base (Calif.)
Central Connecticut State University. Center for Public Policy and Social Research
Veterans History Project (U.S.)
|Type of Resource||
|Citation||Ronald M. Williams Papers. VHP2009/57. Veterans History Project; Central Connecticut State University, Center for Public Policy and Social Research.|