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  •  Thanks, Steven. Poignant story... (12+ / 0-)

    ...condolences on your loss.

    My father-in-law was one of those World War II veterans who wouldn't talk about his experiences until very near the end of his life. What prompted him to do so besides my wife and myself was the fact that one other member of the 8th Army Air Force with 448th Bombardment Group wrote a history of its actions that he sent to all the survivors.

    My father-in-law, James J. Bell, was a B-24 pilot who flew his 25 missions aboard a plane called Ice Cold Katy, with the appropriate pin-up painted on the nose of the fuselage.

    Then he volunteered to fly another five missions.

    Then he volunteered to train African American airmen in the Philippines. They had been trained on fighters, but now were being trained to fly B-29s. But none ever flew before the end of the war.

    He was amazingly lucky. He never lost a single plane or a single crewman even though the plane was chased by German fighters and shot up on the ground in England once while it was landing.

    If you click here and then click on the very first Google link, it will take you to a pdf file. Scroll to the photo. The guy who is third from the left in the front row is him.

    Don't tell me what you believe. Tell me what you do and I'll tell you what you believe.

    by Meteor Blades on Sat Oct 09, 2010 at 09:27:29 AM PDT

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