Read this article "First Mission" by Sgt. Saul Levitt about the typical first mission over the dangerous skys of France delivering bombs and surviving.
You are riding away from France now. And eastward there's a line of smoke climbing into the sky. You open the radio-room door to the bomb bay, and there is one flak hole. Just one. You look around to find more. That single piece of hot iron ripped through the bay and went somewhere. But just where? Clanton comes up and points, and you follow his finger around to where that little hunk of iron went—in the wall a foot from your head.
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YANK 31 March 1944