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Richard Lewis | 493rd Bomb Group, 8th Air Force - Army Air Corps

6:38   |   There was no evasive action on a bomb run. You had to come in straight and level and stay in formation for the sake of the targeting. At least you didn't usually have to worry about the flak in transit because it was concentrated around the target. Richard Lewis remembers once, though, when the they heard the boom, boom over a forest.

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WWII
Korea
  • Richard Lewis  |  Korea  |  43rd Bomb Wing  |  4:10

    Although activated during the Korean War, heavy bomber pilot Richard Lewis was never sent there, instead serving in Tucson with a B-50 unit. That unit had some hush, hush operations, including a plane armed with an atomic bomb aloft 24/7.

Cold War
  • Richard Lewis  |  Cold War  |  Multiple Units  |  6:02

    Pilot Richard Lewis decided not to stay active, but he stayed in the Reserve with a unit at a small airfield. He was pushed out of that when he got a promotion and he eventually wound up with a position that he liked very much, so much that he stayed in until he reached thirty years service.

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