Army & Navy: The 513th Comes Home

Back in the U.S. last week were the combat crews—28 officers and 81 enlisted men—of a heavy bombardment squadron that called itself, not without reason, the "Bastard 513th." It was never formed; it just fused in the fire of war. Sometimes it called itself the "Bengal Bombers," sometimes "Major Toomey's Flying Circus," but mostly "us bastards." Not until a year after Pearl Harbor did the War Department give it a numerical designation. Meanwhile it had set some astonishing records in more than a year of war without relief.

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