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Denny Thompson: Life of a WWII Bombardier

Denny Thompson: Life of a WWII Bombardier

On American bombers during World War II, nine crew members risked their lives to put one man over the intended target: the bombardier, whose job was to release bombs on time and accurately. The mission was twofold, recalls veteran Denny Thompson, now 94: destroy enemy positions and make it back alive.

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World War II Veteran Don Brady: 50 Missions as a Ball Turret Gunner on B-24s

World War II Veteran Don Brady: 50 Missions as a Ball Turret Gunner on B-24s

The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner By Randall Jarrell  From my mother’s sleep I fell into the State, And I hunched in its belly till my wet fur froze. Six miles from earth, loosed from its dream of life,

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Dennis “Denny” Thompson, 1st Lt. Pilot-Bombardier, 487th Bombardment Group

Dennis “Denny” Thompson, 1st Lt. Pilot-Bombardier, 487th Bombardment Group

By Denny Thompson  as told to Bill and Celeste Boyd  I gazed down from the aircraft as we crossed the English Channel and saw hundreds of ships heading for the beaches of France.  It was June 6, 1944 and I

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