HEROES: In One Week

Seldom has the Army Air Forces had to announce three such tragic losses as it made public last week:

¶ Brigadier General Frederick W. Castle, who continued combat flying even after he got his star, was piloting a Flying Fortress on a mission over Belgium when seven Messerschmitts attacked. Bullets ignited an oxygen tank, which threatened to explode the Fortress' bomb load. Lean, young (36) General Castle refused to jettison the load, because U.S. troops were underneath. With two engines afire, he leveled out, and stayed at the controls while his crew bailed...

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