Heavy bombers of the U.S. Eighth Air Force celebrated Bastille Day with smashing daylight raids on German air installations at Villacoublay, Amiens and famed Le Bourget airport (where Lindbergh landed) near Paris. TIME Correspondent William Walton covered the Le Bourget raid from the transparent nose of the Flying Fortress Georgia Peach, jammed in with Navigator B. L. Otto ("Blotto") and Bombardier Johnny Ozier. His report follows:

The first time I saw Paris my knees shook like aspens. Ahead of the Georgia Peach, bursting flak made black puffballs in the early morning sunlight. Focke-Wulfs and Messerschmitts dived and rolled, spitting lead at the...

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