World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, American; World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Italy; Veterans -- Connecticut -- Interviews; Airplanes -- American; Bombardier (Motion picture); United States. Air Force -- Aviation mechanics
Interview conducted by Eileen Hurst. Francis "Jim" Vail enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps in September of 1942. He was living in Stafford Springs, CT at the time, and applied to be a pilot. Although, he failed the eye test, he wanted to remain...
United States. Army Air Corps; World War, 1939-1945;Portraits, Group
Left to Right: front row- Bill Marnell, Phil Moskowitz, unknown soldier. Back row - The first three men were shot down the same day this photo was taken. Francis J. Vail is in the back row first from the right.