Mission Accomplished

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THE WORDS All Home explain the smiles on the faces of the men of the 96th Bomb Group, gathered for a debriefing session in England, probably after the great March 6, 1944, American air raid on Berlin.

That everybody in the 96th made it back was a rare occurrence. Fred Huston, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, sent us this photo and noted that the 96th, his group, suffered more casualties than any other in the entire 8th Air Force. (For a vivid eyewitness account of the same raid, see Lester F. Rentmeester’s story in this issue. )

This fall the 8th Air Force Historical Society is staging a reunion in Texas, for all members who are still around. There, as Fred Huston says, “We’ll get together and lie to each other.”

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