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Delmer J. Dooley, 2007 

Branch of Service: Air Force, Technical Sergeant

301st Bombardment Group, 353rd Bomb Squadron

Military Service: Enlisted, 1942 - 1945

Listen to the following sections by scrolling forward to the timecode.

:30 - Enlistment, war, and training 
5:10 - Missions, 301st Bombardment Group, B-17, bonding with the crew, Vienna most difficult, flak
13:05 - What people should know about the experience of war 
Delmer J. Dooley Obituary 

This story was recorded at an SDPB event in Madison, SD. 

Images Provided by Delmer Dooley

Delmer J. Dooley was a turret gunner during WWII. This piece of flak, which is anti-aircraft artillery, missed Mr. Dooley's left ear by inches and was embedded in and later removed from the turret. Mr. Dooley commented, "The sky was full of it!"

The reunion photo above was taken in September 1992 at Geiger Field, Spokane, Washington, 301st Bombardment Group, 353rd Bomb Squadron (Delmer J. Dooley is seated 2nd row, 6th from the left.)

Delmer J. Dooley pictured with fellow crewmember during a reunion in 1998.

Delmer J. Dooley, WWII service history (excerpts)

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