Good lessons for all of us in boffem.

When I was growing up, I'd occasionally hear something about Frank Armstrong, or his nieces and nephews at school with me would sometimes mention "Uncle Frank," and I knew that he had been a bomber pilot, but I didn't realize who he really was and what he had done until I had been in B-52's for a few years.


On the late afternoon in about '48, when I met 'im, I was riding my bike past his sister's (our local postmaster, Mrs. Valentine) house and saw several family members sitting on the front porch. I waved to them, and Mrs. Valentine called to me, "Hey, Wilton, come and meet my brother, Gen. Armstrong." He was very friendly and encouraging for me to do well in school. I assured him that I would. Mrs. Valentine already knew me fairly well and told him, "Oh, he is already."

W

----- Original Message ----- From: "Max Dillon via Mercedes" <mercedes@okiebenz.com>
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That movie was the basis of a leadership course I took shortly after I was commissioned into the USN. I've never forgotten that movie, plan to watch it again with my daughter some day when she's older.
--
Max Dillon
Charleston SC
'87 300TD
'95 E300

On October 15, 2016 2:24:33 PM EDT, WILTON via Mercedes <mercedes@okiebenz.com> wrote:
'Reminds me:  I was in 8th Air Force at Robins AF, GA, and here at
Seymour
Johnson AFB, NC.

Lt. Gen. Frank Armstrong, from my hometown, Nashville, NC (born 15 or
20 mi.
away, but claimed Nashville, where his sister lived), helped establish
8th
Air Force in England in 1942.

The movie, "Twelve O'Clock High," is based on his actions.  His part,
Frank
Savage in the movie, is played by Gregory Peck.

I met 'im sitting on his sister's front porch one afternoon in 'bout
1948.

Wilton

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Thanks for posting! I think there is a museum for The Mighty Eighth
off of
I-95 down in Florida.  I've often been tempted to stop there, that
temptation is now greater.
--
Max Dillon
Charleston SC
'87 300TD
'95 E300

On October 14, 2016 5:49:25 AM EDT, Curley McLain via Mercedes
<mercedes@okiebenz.com> wrote:
Was an bombing mission which incurred record losses, and Oct 14
became
know as Black Thursday.

http://www.historynet.com/world-war-ii-eighth-air-force-raid-on-schweinfurt.htm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_Raid_on_Schweinfurt

60 of 291 planes were lost, and another 17 were so badly damaged that
they were scrapped ofter the mission.   22% of the men on the raid
were

lost.

Remember today, the men of the USAAF who flow those missions and
especially those who were lost.



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