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Nicholas Sawicke | 423rd Bomb Squadron, 306th Bomb Group - Army Air Corps

6:16   |   B-17 gunner Nicholas Sawicke's first mission was to hit some submarine pens on the French coast. As the missions moved across France and then into Germany, fighter escort became harder to come by. The airmen had to face the anti-aircraft fire and the German fighters with their own firepower.

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