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Records, photos of famed US #WWII bombers go online. @ancestry @fold3

Records, photos of famed US #WWII bombers go online. @ancestry @fold3

View Photo Gallery » In this Sept. 18, 2014 photo, World War II veteran Tom Pelle points to medals and citations earned while serving with the famed 307th Bombardment Group during a reunion in Santa Fe, N.M. Susan Montoya Bryan/AP Lightbox link Lightbox link Lightbox link Lightbox link Lightbox link Lightbox link SANTA FE, N.M. — Thousands of feet above the Pacific Ocean, the bullets were coming fast and the flak was flying. Japanese fighter planes whizzed around like bees as the American forces in their lumbering B-24 bombers tried everything to reach their targets, save fuel and stay airborne for the long trip home. Tom Pelle, a 20-year-old tech sergeant, was pulling double duty as a machine gunner that October day. That was 70 years ago, but he remembers the battle like it was yesterday. "They hit every one of us. They shot down seven, and we were almost number eight," ...

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