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Burt Vardeman | 824th Bomb Squadron, 484th Bomb Group, 15th Air Force - Army Air Corps

6:20   |   Drafted out of high school in 1943, Burt Vardeman went to basic with the Army Air Corps. He scored high on radio aptitude and trained as a radio operator on a B-24 crew. Flying out of Italy, he had a close call when one engine after another failed on the return flight. The order came from the pilot, prepare to bail out!

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