George Carpenter Interview, July 5, 2005


George Carpenter


Chase Adams



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George Carpenter discusses his service in the U.S. Air Force during World War Two. He talk about his childhood in Hamilton, Montana, being raised by his grandmother, and what it was like growing up during the Great Depression and working various jobs before being drafted. He explains that he was drafted first into the regular army where he was stationed at Fort Lewis, Washington, before volunteering for the Air Force. Carpenter describes his Air Force training, which included testing, classroom exercises, and pilot school. Carpenter also talks about his service overseas in England where he mainly flew B-17s on 31 missions. He also describes what he did with his leisure time, including letter writing and working on planes. Carpenter discusses how, after he was discharged from the service, his decision to purchase a cabinet shop, then later starting a construction business. He concludes the interview by recalling the men with whom he served.


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Document Type

Oral History


World War, 1939; U.S. Air Force; U.S. Air Force Reserve; U.S. Armed Forces; Hamilton, Montana; Military draft; Military service; World War, 1939-1945, Great Britain; World War, 1939-1945, fighter pilots; World War, 1939-1945, bomber pilots; Invasion of Normandy; Cabinetry; Cabinet makers; Construction businesses, Montana; Boyce Lumber, Missoula, Montana

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

U.S. Military Veterans Oral History Collection, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library


Copyright to this collection is held by the interview participants and by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula. Permission may be required for use. For further information please contact Archives and Special Collections: (406) 243-2053 /

Oral History Number

OH 399-001

Media Type

Moving Image; Sound

Original Format

1 moving image file (00:57:07 min.) digital + 1 transcript (15 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

video/mp4; application/pdf

Run Time

00:57:07 minutes

Local Filename

OH_399_001.mp4; OH_399_001.pdf

George Carpenter Interview, July 5, 2005