Learning to Fly the Douglas A-20 Havoc with Bob Reierson – Part 1

The Damcasters - The Aviation History Podcast
The Damcasters - The Aviation History Podcast
Learning to Fly the Douglas A-20 Havoc with Bob Reierson - Part 1

Bob Reierson joined the USAAF at age 18 and would find himself flying the Douglas A-20G Havoc in the Pacific. On my last visit to the Pima Air and Space Museum, director of collections Andrew Boehly arranged for Bob and I to sit down and discuss flying the A-20. In Part 1 of this 2-part interview, we discuss Bob joining up, learning to fly the PT-19, the BT-13, the UC-78, the B-25, and finally getting his hands on the A-20.

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00:00 Introduction

02:30 Meet Bob Reierson

02:55 Bob Introduces Boney to the Douglas A-20 Havoc

10:33 Bob’s Dream of Flying

11:46 Bob Applies to the Aviation Cadet Program

13:00 Bob is Called Up to the US Army Air Force

16:47 Bob’s Primary Flight Training

21:23 Bob Transitions to Twin Engine Aircraft – UC-78 and B-25

29:47 Training on the A-20 Begins

39:10 The Importance of Formation Flying

44:31 Bob’s Journey to the Pacific

53:04 End of Part 1 – Become a Damcasteer!

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