“I have the Captain’s log of a B-24 that flew missions over Europe. These are the kinds of planes that he [his cousin by marriage who served in WWII] repaired. When you read that Captain’s log, he describes whether or not they hit their mark, how much they missed it by, so the next plane in the formation would be able to get the target.
In here he describes every mission he’d flown. They show you how they make their radius for their return trips and how they line up so they can’t be hit as easily by the Germans.
[My cousin] was in England during the Blitz. They were checked into a hotel, and the air raid whistles went off, and that means you go for cover. He said they waited til the last minute to go (you have so many minutes to find a place to hide). When he came back, everyone was saying he was dead because the side of the building he was on was destroyed, but he said ‘Hey, I’m right here!'”
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