<VV> 8th AF - no corvair

Spencer Shepard sshepard5 at carolina.rr.com
Mon Nov 22 22:45:32 EST 2010

My father was a member of the 8th Air Force, a Master Sergeant in the 339th Fighter Group stationed in England in 1944 and 45. He was a mechanic and Line Chief on the 503rd squadron of P51 Mustangs. I attend the Groups' yearly reunions and have met some of the few remaining original members of the Group. They have some amazing stories. It's hard to believe pilots could endure the conditions inside those planes for hours while they escorted bombers into Germany and had to fight their way out and back home. Quite a few of them, and even more of the bomber crews, didn't make it back. I think the total was over 25000 men lost from the 8th AF in WWII. 

The 8th AF Museum is in Pooler Georgia just off of I95 about 10 miles South of the South Carolina border. There is a B47 on display visible from the interstate. It's worth a couple of hours of your time if you are traveling by there.

Spence Shepard

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