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Dead Engine Kids
World War II Diary of John J. Briol, B-17 Ball Turret Gunner
  Diary by John J. Briol 
  Edited by John Welch

Excerpt: “Our target was the Synthetic Oil Refinery at Ruhland. We had to pass near Berlin on the way. Then it happened so quick you couldn’t think. We heard the report “Bandits”. The Nazi fighters came barreling through our formations before you could wink an eyelash. I watched terrified as three of our Fortresses went down in flames with their bomb loads and our buddies in them.

  I saw five men get out of one of them. The rest were lost. One of them kept falling, I never did see his chute open. We had one engine gone but we kept up with the formation to the target and left it in flames. It wasn’t long and another engine quit. Coming back from a mission and seeing the shore of England is the sweetest thing in the world…”

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Copyright © 1993
ISBN: 0-9637909-0-0