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Oral history interview with Military Policeman Don O'Reilly conducted by IWM for American Air Museum.

Don shares his memories of the Metfield bomb dump explosion, British visitors to base, segregation in the US Forces, his experiences on D-Day, his trip to Germany, rides in B-17 and B-24 Bombers, the role of a Military Policeman, witnessing aircraft crashes, VE-Day celebrations and attending dances at the base.



  • Donald O'Reilly

    Military | Private First Class | Military Policeman
    Don was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and enlisted after Pearl Harbour. Based at Chelveston, Shipdham and then at Metfield with 491st BG he served from 1942-45 with the Military Police. “I feel blessed that they allowed me to join,” he says. “I think I...


  • Chelveston

    Military site : airfield
    Chelveston was adapted and expanded in preparation for the arrival of American forces. Rather than heavy bombers, the first aircraft to fly from its runways were C-47 Skytrains that were flown by the 60th Troop Carrier Group in July 1942. The first...

  • Metfield

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1942-43 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, Metfield had three concrete runways, 39 pan plus 15 loop hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. It was first occupied by the 353rd Fighter Group, equipped with P-47s, from August 1943 to...


Date Contributor Update
23 October 2018 08:50:50 Emily Created entry with collection, caption, person associations and place associations


Oral history interview conducted by IWM for American Air Museum displays

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