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Collection Ernest Tresch
WVM ID Number OH 1063
Object Name Oral History
Title Oral History Interview with Ernest Tresch
Date 2007
Event World War II
Narrator's Name Ernest Tresch
Interviewer's Name John Driscoll
Description In this oral history interview, Ernest Tresch, a Fleming, Ohio native, describes his World War II experience with the Army Air Corps as a combat pilot in North Africa and Southern Europe and as a pilot for General Eisenhower.

After basic and advanced training in Texas, Tresch discusses reporting for active duty at MacDill Field (Florida) and training with B-26 planes. Sent to Africa in 1942, he touches on his flight across the Atlantic and flying sub patrols out of Oran (Algeria). He describes flying combat missions with the 320th Bomb Group in North Africa in support of the 5th Army. Tresch mentions bombing runs in Sicily, Italy, and Sardinia. He describes close-calls among the crew, such as flak being stopped by a parachute buckle, and states he was fortunate that no one from his crew was ever wounded.

After forty missions, he talks about going into Air Transport Command at the New Castle Army Air Base (Delaware), training with heavier equipment, and flying supplies overseas and wounded back. Tresch describes joining General Eisenhower's crew in 1945 and flying around Europe for six weeks before Eisenhower was appointed Chief of Staff. He discusses his father's death at this time and being given transportation home and as much time as he needed. Tresch speaks about working for Eisenhower and says, "He was a wonderful fellow." Tresch talks about flying Eisenhower on a Pacific tour and on a good-will tour in Rio de Janeiro.

After discharge in 1948, he reflects on his career as a corporate pilot and how he always wanted to fly.
Extent and Medium of Description Analog audio recording: 1 audio cassette (approx. 50 minutes)
Transcript: 13 pgs.
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