We played dangerous games in the skies over Europe. This photograph was
taken in Normandy around the middle of July 1944.
This is what happened to my buddies: (L to R)
Lt. Paul Bade
Killed in Action July
Lt. Paul Stryker
Killed in Action
December 1, 1944
Lt. Robert Jones
Missing in Action July
Lt. Kenneth MacDowell
Killed in Action August
Lt. Abner Rainbow
Jackie in 1944.
A bad war day. I was badly hit by German flak just a few minutes after
taking off from our air strip in Normandy. By a miracle, I was able
to get back to the base -- just a few miles away -- and crash land at
170 mph. This photograph was taken about an hour and a half
after the landing, giving me some time to recover.
A lone Thunderbolt searching for the enemy in the skies over Germany
this photo to see this bomb-damaged airplane and its description.