World Battlefronts: THE BLIMY COAST

To the crew of the Fortress Passion Flower it was their 18th and biggest mission—the first big U.S. raid on Berlin. In the ball turret Gunner Dick Litherland of St. Francis, Ill. sweated it out—the toughest battle U.S. airmen had fought over Europe. Sixty-eight Fortresses and Liberators failed to return, but Passion Flower dragged home on three engines. Gunner Litherland told this story.

It took about an hour in the briefing hut to get all the dope. Then the chaplains came in. A Protestant guy and a Catholic guy. Each had a service at...

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