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Interview with John Yuill
Laura M. Calkins, PhD
Interview Date
12 October 2004
John Yuill Collection
Media Type
Oral History
Length currently unknown
(USAF) John Yuill was born in Boswell IN in 1934, and enlisted in the Air Force at the age of 19. After Basic Training at Lackland AFB TX and Advanced Training at the Navigation School, Harlingen AFB TX, John was commissioned in 1955. He served with the Ferry Command until 1958, when he undertook pilot training at Bainbridge GA and Enid OK, and advanced pilot training at Perrin AFB TX. In 1960 he joined the Strategic Air Command as a bomber pilot, flying all SAC aircraft including the B-58 and B-52. John flew from SAC bases at Altus AFB OK and Grissom AFB IN before his two Vietnam tours: 1970-71 flying C-130 aircraft from Ton Son Nhut, and 1972 flying B-52 aircraft from Guam and Utapao, Thailand. John's B-52 was shot down over North Vietnam during Linebacker II, and he was held as a POW in Hanoi until his release in March 1973. John retired as a Lieutenant Colonel, and remains active with POW and USAF veterans' organizations.
Interview with John Yuill,  12 October 2004, John Yuill Collection, The Vietnam Center and Archive, Texas Tech University. Accessed 7 Oct. 2015. <>.
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OH0433, John Yuill Collection, The Vietnam Center and Archive, Texas Tech University
Added: 2 Sep 2005[Updated: 27 Apr 2011]