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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

THERE’S WRONG...AND THERE’S VERY, VERY WRONG

When we first entered World War II, American strategic planners felt that bombers armed with sufficient machine guns did not need a fighter escort. A two-month period in 1943 during which 148 American bombers were shot down and an equal number so badly shot up that they had to be scrapped proved just how wrong planners had been:

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NOTE: Did you know that three men in the Army Air Corps were killed for each one who was wounded? That exactly reverses the ratio for men serving in the infantry! I probably shouldn’t be surprised, however: my wife’s uncle (1st Lt. Gene Dyar) went missing over the English Channel on 20 December 1942. He’s listed (as Wilmer E. Dyar) on the Wall of the Missing at the American Cemetery in Cambridge, England:

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