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This A-2 jacket belonged to F/O Baum. The image of Donald Duck on his jacket served as the unofficial mascot for the POWs of Stalag Luft III after it was created by a fellow POW, 1st Lt. Emmet Cook of the 15th Air Force. It is currently on display at the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force.

One POW’s Story

By: Dr. Vivian Rogers-Price In 2008 Irving Baum shared some of his World War II experiences through an oral history interview.  F/O Baum completed eleven missions as a bombardier.  Then on 16…

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Sam’s Blanket

On 16 July 1944, the 398th Bomb Group attacked the aircraft engine factory at Munich and lost two B-17s. One of the destroyed B-17s had Samuel Miller flying as tail gunner. He…

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The Unknown Aces of the Eighth

Unlike the fighter pilots, individual bomber gunners did not receive official credit for any of their shootdowns. Part of this was for policy reasons–the Army wanted each gunner to think of himself…

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