By William L. Cramer

From Wikipedia: airplane have been used for reconnaissance, as warring parties, bombers and ground-support, and every position was once complex significantly. Innovation integrated airlift (the strength to speedy flow constrained high-priority provides, apparatus and personnel);[335] and of strategic bombing (the bombing of civilian components to smash and morale).[336] Anti-aircraft weaponry additionally complicated, together with defences corresponding to radar and surface-to-air artillery, corresponding to the German 88 mm gun. using the jet plane used to be pioneered, and notwithstanding past due creation intended it had little effect, it ended in jets changing into average in all over the world air forces.[337] ~~~ Advances have been made in approximately each element of naval battle, such a lot significantly with plane companies and submarines. even supposing firstly of the conflict aeronautical war had fairly little good fortune, activities at Taranto, Pearl Harbor, the South China Sea and the Coral Sea verified the provider because the dominant capital send rather than the battleship.[338][339][340] within the Atlantic, escort providers proved to be an integral part of Allied convoys, expanding the potent safety radius and assisting to shut the Mid-Atlantic gap.[341] companies have been additionally less expensive than battleships because of the quite low in cost of aircraft[342] and their now not requiring to be as seriously armoured.[343] Submarines, which had proved to be a good weapon throughout the First global War[344] have been expected via both sides to be vital within the moment. The British concentrated improvement on anti-submarine weaponry and strategies, equivalent to sonar and convoys, whereas Germany involved in enhancing its offensive potential, with designs akin to the sort VII submarine and wolfpack tactics.[345] progressively, enhancing Allied applied sciences equivalent to the Leigh gentle, hedgehog, squid, and homing torpedoes proved effective. ~~~ Land battle replaced from the static entrance strains of global warfare I to elevated mobility and mixed arms...

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Once in the barracks, I peeled down to what I was born with, threw away the underwear and socks I had been wearing for eight days, and hit the shower. I think I stayed in the shower for more than an hour. I can't remember when a simple thing like that shower gave me a more refreshed feeling. I put on a clean uniform with my new gunner's wings and went to the Orderly Room to see if I could get a pass for town. Soon I was on the bus with a lot of other GIs, heading for the big city. When we arrived, I got off the bus and started walking.

Since we were taking turns in alphabetical order, I was to be number four to take my position at the bombsight in the nose of the aircraft. We were each to drop three 100-pound bombs from an 8,000-foot altitude. The bomb dropped closest to the target would be our score for the day. With three cadets to drop ahead of me, I used the time to study my notes and my textbook on the Norden bombsight. Finally, it was my turn to take a position in the nose. Our bomb run was very smooth that day. Bending over the bombsight to line up the target with the cross hairs, I opened the bomb bay doors and kept backing off the cross hairs until we reached the aiming point that I had figured would give me a good score.

Tom Wilcox, a fellow evader and author of his own story, One Man's Destiny, took the time to edit completely and provide suggestions. Reading Tom's book inspired me to write my own. At weekly readings before fellow members of the Trinity Arts Writers' Associates (TAWA), their critiques and suggestions were very valuable. Jack Fryrear and Jeff Buehner, who edited my manuscript from beginning to end, provided very worthwhile assistance. Dr. David MacKena, my department head when I was teaching at the University of Texas at Arlington, provided invaluable editing and counsel.

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