Originally Posted by 40again
Not sure which squadron that was, the 357th had the red and yellow checkerboard pattern on the nose. Are you an 8th AF buff?
I have a lot of respect for those guys, especially in the early parts of the war when the loses were so high. One of my uncles was a mechanic in the 8th and volunteered to be a rear gunner on B-17s. He was feeling out done by his older brother who was in the First Special Service Forces, also known as the Devil's Brigade, a combined U.S. and Canadian unit recognized as one of the forerunners of the Green Berets. Luckily he started flying toward the end of the war and made it home. My father island hopped with MacArthur then ended up in the Air Force after the war. I was raised an Air Force brat.
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