World War: 44 Valuable Men

Not a single bomber delivered to Britain by air has been shot down by German action, even though the planes used to fly unarmed and unarmored. But last week a plane carrying eleven Atlantic Ferry Command pilots and eleven crewmen back to America for another batch of deliveries crashed, presumably of engine failure, on a lonely hillside in Britain. Four days later another crashed on the takeoff, and twelve more Ferry Command pilots and nine more crewmen were killed.

If Douglas Bader was valuable for his character, these men were valuable in terms of...

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