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Robert May | 851st Bomb Squadron, 490th Bomb Group - Army Air Corps

4:44   |   Once the plane got above 10,000 feet, it was time for oxygen masks and heated suits. Flight engineer Robert May remembers when he learned a valuable lesson regarding smoking once the oxygen came on. He was too busy to get scared, but the flak over Cologne made him think about it.

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