US Air Force POW Oral Histories Collection

The Air Force Academy with the support of funding from the Academy class of 1965 conducted a series of oral history interviews with Air Force officers who had during their careers been POW's. This collection contains copies of 38 transcripts of interviews with Air Force pilots and air crew shot down and imprisoned in North Vietnam. The majority of these interviews focus on the experiences of Air Force officer POW's in Vietnam.

The interviews themselves follow a standard pattern apparently following a list of prepared questions developed by the history faculty of the Air Force Academy for the interviewers to follow. The subjects covered are as follows: family background, training, duty assignments in Vietnam, events leading to capture, POW experiences, release, adjustment problems upon release, evaluation of training in regard to the POW experience, advice to future POW's.

These interview transcripts are currently not available online but may be accessed through the Vietnam Archive reading room, or contact the Vietnam Center and Archive to make other arrangements.