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My Bombardier
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More About The Crew
Texas Invasion
Dalhart, Texas
Aircraft Commander
2nd & 3rd phase training
England Bound
Combat Crew Replacement
Bloody 100th
In The Mood
First Mission
March '44 & Berlin
Target Berlin Again
48 Hour Pass In London
Sing These Songs...Mightly
Target Brunswick Again
Target Augsburg
Letters Of Commendation
Munich Is The Target
Aphrodite
Our Little Friends
Other Side...
Heavy Water
15th In Italy
Russian bases
Target Oil
Bob Rosenthal
Colonel John Bennett
William R. Lawley
B-17 Control Panel
The Base Of Operations
Russians Load Bombs
Suzy-Q
Epilogue
Goering's Lament
Code Of Conduct
C.B. (Red) Harper
Credits & Links

Foreword

Many stories have been written and a multitude of books published about individual experiences in aerial combat during World War II. Some of the books were written by men who were shot out of the sky and then stalked like prey until captured by a ruthless enemy. Other authors were the men responsible for initiating and leading the enormous formations that flew against the Axis Powers. This book is an account by one who was merely a participant and includes language that may be offensive to some. Most of the words used were only figures of speech commonly used in everyday conversation in the military. This is our story - what we thought, how we lived, how we died, how we were able to bring a measure of humanity and humor into a desperate situation, and how we survived against all odds.

If there are inaccuracies, they must be attributed to the lapse of time and the erosion of memory or perhaps even better expressed as, “Ever notice how much better those tales of our youth depict us as the years leave fewer witnesses who are able to contradict us?"

What follows is my attempt to portray events as they actually happened, some from memory and others taken from material contained in a diary that was kept by crew- member Staff Sergeant Wiley Dobbs during my tour as a B-17 bomber pilot with the 8th and 15th Air Forces.

C. B. (Red) Harper

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