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"There's no way to describe a thousand airplanes in the air at one time." (Interview)

   Glenn B. Weber
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Glenn Weber, November 1942 [detail]
War: World War, 1939-1945
Branch: Army Air Forces/Corps
Unit: 8th Bomber Command; 9th Bomber Command
Service Location: Camp Atterbury, Indiana; Miami, Florida; Madison, Wisconsin (radio school); Scotland; Cheedle, England; European Theater
Rank: Sergeant
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The duties of a humble radio operator took on great significance when Glenn Webber became one of the first Americans to train in intercepting German transmissions. Working with British intelligence, Webber was able to recognize and pick up coded Luftwaffe messages regarding planned air strikes on Britain, blunting the advantage that the Germans had enjoyed in the air from the beginning of the war. He landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day Plus 11 and continued to monitor enemy transmissions, spending nine months in Paris after it was liberated.

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The mechanics of intercepting radio broadcasts. (01:17) Locating a German bomber group. (03:29) Relaying messages to the cryptographers. (02:10)
His work declassified in 1987; where details can be found. (00:26)  
  
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Honorable Discharge Certificate [11/27/45] Enlisted Record and Report of Separation-Honorable Discharge 11/27/45 Separation Qualification Record
  
 

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