Veterans of The Mighty Eighth: The Oregon Air National Guard’s connections to the Eighth Air Force of World War II

One of the most iconic photos of air combat in the European Theater of Operations is this image of the 601st Bomb Squadron, 398th Bomb Group’s B-17G serial number 43-38172, nicknamed “2 Sad” “Lovely Julie.” The aircraft was hit in the nose by flak on a mission to Cologne, Germany on October 15, 1944. The exploding shell hit the bomber right after bombs away, killed the togglier and wounded the navigator, 1st Lt. Raymond J. LeDoux. LeDoux managed to navigate the damaged aircraft for the pilots who returned it and the rest of the crew safely back to home base at Nuthumpstead. (398th Bomb Group Memorial Association)

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