RIDIN’ Shotgun

Warren E Thompson finds out from three Eighth Air Force pilots what makes a good escort fighter

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Just clearing the English Channel, B-17Gs of the 381st Bomb Group, Ridgewell, Essex with P-51C escort. DICK STARINCHAK

Major General W E Kepner was not known for holding back. Reflecting on the task of getting American bombers to targets deeper and deeper into Europe, he declared it “the greatest head-on clash of air forces in history”.

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