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Crawford Hicks | 509th Bomb Squadron, 356th Bomb Group, 1st Air Division - Army Air Corps

5:34   |   He had some close calls in his B-17, one of which left him with a hot souvenir, a piece of flak. Crawford Hicks recounts several of these incidents and tries to describe his calm state of mind, which got him through the missions. The officers received a glass of whiskey after the flights, but he always gave his to an enlisted man.

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