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Fickle Finger of Fate: The Memoir of a Bombardier with the 96th Bomb Group By Raymond Ives
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Merriam Press Military Monograph Series. Second Edition 2013. As a farm boy in central Pennsylvania, Ray Ives never imagined the course the world or his life would take as Europe fermented and... More > eventually exploded into World War II. In this brief and crisp telling of how he came to his fate in a German prisoner of war camp next to the North Sea, Ives, a commissioned 2nd Lieutenant, relives “Black Thursday,” the 14 Oct 1943 mission over Schweinfurt, Germany, through the eyes of a bombardier in the nose of a B-17 Flying Fortress. From wake up call to the order to bail out of his flak- and bullet-shattered plane at 25,000 feet above the French countryside, to his subsequent evasion, eventual capture and experiences in Stalag Luft I, Ray revisits the emotions and strange coincidences of the time. In doing so, he causes us to think of the thousands of other unique and fascinating stories of brave airmen shot from the skies and forced to wait out the war at the mercy of the Nazis. 40 photos and illustrations.< Less

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