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COMBAT STORIES FROM World War II

James Chafin | 370th Bomb Squadron, 307th Bomb Group, 13th Air Force

3:48   |   When B-24 gunner James Chafin got a Dear John letter from his girl back home, he immediately began drinking. He was still sloshed when they got up at 3 AM for a mission, and he had to sneak around a bit. The crew got a small whiskey ration but the enlisted men saved theirs for barter. (This interview made possible with the support of MSG RONALD M. CAREY, U.S.A. (RET).)

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