BATTLE OF EUROPE: Story of a Raid

Chennault's Pappy is just another Boeing Fortress in Britain. Last week, returning from a raid on St.-Nazaire, Chennault's Pappy met a prodding, determined attack by a flight of Focke-Wulf 1903. In a brief burst of hell, one of the crew was killed, three were wounded. The Fortress was struck by ten cannon shells. But plane & crew saw it through to an American airdrome—"surely," said an Irish sergeant who heard the survivors' story, "by the grace of God."

The Works. The boss of Chennault's Pappy is Captain Robert C. ("Willie") Williams, 27, a onetime law student at the University of...

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