World Battlefronts: The Flight of the Worry Wart

High among the puffy white clouds over Kiel both the pilot and co-pilot of the B-17 Worry Wart were knocked out. Below-zero cold froze the pilot's hands and feet. The co-pilot was dead, a 20-mm. shell through his breast. Ugly flak blossoms unfolded on all sides. In & out among the clouds darted droves of enemy fighters. Worry Wart's chances of getting back to England were next to zero.

Of that flight, Technical Sergeant Art Layfield later told TIME Correspondent William Walton: "When we hit the German coast they were throwing everything in the...

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