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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian26 Apr 2024 7:05 a.m. PST

A Writer Uncovers His Father's Hidden World War II History

Military: link

Personal logo The Virtual Armchair General Sponsoring Member of TMP26 Apr 2024 9:54 a.m. PST

Diaries may be, for all their inherently limited scope, may be the most honest of all war memoirs, and should be protected like the gold of Fort Knox.


DeRuyter26 Apr 2024 10:03 a.m. PST

This is a reminder along with Masters of the Air, of the horrific casualties suffered by the bomber crews. My father-in-law, a B-24 ball turret gunner, wrote about his experiences. Also limited in scope to his missions and crew, rumors and scuttlebutt about the larger plans.

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP26 Apr 2024 10:29 a.m. PST

My father was a top turret gunner and flight engineer on an 8th Air Force B-17. He didn't get overseas until very late, flying his 1st mission in late November 1944 and his 25th mission at war's end dropping food into the Netherlands. I have his flight diary and have converted it into a series of posts on my blog. See:

Part 1: link

Part 2: link

Part 3A: link

Part 3B: link

Part 3C: link

I do have more documentation and will be publishing it when I can get to it.


JMcCarroll26 Apr 2024 1:41 p.m. PST

Very cool!
Thank you.

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