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Collection Matthew Fredrich
WVM ID Number OH 112
Object Name Oral History
Title Oral History Interview with Matthew Fredrich
Date 2000
Event World War II
Narrator's Name Matthew Fredrich
Interviewer's Name James McIntosh
Description In this oral history interview, Matthew Fredrich, a Milwaukee, Wisconsin native, discusses his World War II service as a fighter pilot in central Europe with the 404th Fighter Group, 507th Squadron, his account includes many anecdotes about both basic training and flight missions.

He talks about Infantry training at Fort Sheridan (Illinois), course work at Gettysburg College (Pennsylvania), and becoming a fighter pilot even though he was too tall. Fredrich compares the technology between several airplanes including the Vultee Vibrator, the P-40, and the P-47; he also compares the different types of armament he fired while in the service. He describes his first mission during the Battle of the Bulge, seeing his friend's airplane hit by German fire, and having his own plane hit by flak. Fredrich comments on the operation of a flight crew, perception of age during service, and recreation activities on base.

He touches upon his feelings when he sees fighter planes in movies and his use of the GI Bill. Upon discharge, Fredrich joined the Reserves and talks about his participation in summer training. He also mentions joining the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion and attending veteran reunions.
Extent and Medium of Description Analog video recording: 1 VHS tape (approx. 1 hour, 32 minutes)
Transcript: 51 pgs.
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Biographical Record Fredrich, Matthew