ARMED FORCES: A Matter of Honor

In February 1945 the Flying Fortress Star Dust was struck by flak over Berlin. With two engines dead, another crippled and only the fourth putting out full power, Star Dust's pilot, Lieut. George F. Ruckman, abandoned all hope of getting back to England and headed east. Losing altitude steadily, he finally made a crash landing at a Russian-held airstrip near Torun in Poland.

For the next month and a half, resourceful Pilot Ruckman and his crew worked to get Star Dust back into the air. Working under intermittent fire from German snipers and...

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