AWOL…WILLIAM M. KLIEN – TOP TURRET GUNNER 384TH BOMB GROUP By William Klien Jr. Dad Enlisted on 16 Aug ’40. After the War Broke out he was an airplane mechanic (TSgt). His unit was designated to […]

1942 SCORE ON US PLANE LOSSES AND ENEMY PLANES SHOT DOWN From YANK Magazine The box score on enemy and US plane shot down in 1942 reads pretty well for our side. In that year we […]

TWO TRUK RAIDS HIGHLIGHT CEASELESS PACIFIC AIR BLOWS From the May 13, 1944 Edition of Stars and Stripes Truk has taken a double pounding in a new widespread air offensive against Japanese naval and air bases […]

MEMPHIS BELLE BACK–REPORT OF ETO PREMIERE OF FILM AT HOME AIRBASE From the May 13, 1944 Edition of Stars and Stripes A FORTRESS BASE, May 12–The flak-scarred Memphis Belle, first Fortress to fly back to the […]

A MOTHER’S TEARS – A TELEGRAM REPORTING A SON MISSING IN ACTION By Sidney Ukraine Standing at the door was a young boy in a Western Union uniform. My mother never associated this with the hundreds […]

JOSEPH VAN DER HAEGHEN THE PERFECT B-17 PILOT By Maxine Van der Haeghen My husband of 63 ½ years, Joe Van der Haeghen, died early in the morning of January 1, 2009. He was 91 ½ […]

EIGHTH AND NINTH AIR FORCES POUND LUFTWAFFE NESTS From the July 1, 1944 Edition of Stars and Stripes Carrying out sharp attacks on four Luftwaffe bases and other targets over a wide area of France, American […]

HANK PORTER-DISNEY ARTIST CREATES INSIGNIA FOR U.S. ARMED FORCES By Robert L. Schwartz Y2c BURBANK, CALIF.—Seabees at Camp Hueneme, Calif., recently wrote to Hank Porter of the Walt Disney Studios asking for a sketch of a […]

WWII EXPERIENCES OF A B-17 FLYING FORTRESS PILOT By Allyn C. Lewis One Year after Japan’s “dastardly attacks,” I enlisted in the US Army Air Corps as an Aviation Cadet. The actual date of my enlistment […]

FIRST MISSION ON A BOMBING RAID OVER SAINT-NAZAIRE By Sgt. Saul Levitt YANK Staff Correspondent ENGLAND—Somebody out to write a story about a briefing room, with the lights going on and off and the experts stepping […]

300,000 DEAD IN SINGLE BOMBING RAID ON DRESDEN By Dan Regan Stars and Stripes Staff Writer From the May 5, 1945 Edition of Stars and Stripes WITH THE FIRST ARMY—The Allied air raid on Dresden on […]

French Historian Antonin Dehays Caught Stealing From US National Archives Antonin Dehays has been visiting the US National Archives facility in Maryland for more than two years. The 32-year-old Frenchman has a keen interest in the […]

AIRMAN PROPOSES NEW AAF OVERSEAS STRIPE FOR  COMBAT AIR CREW Dear YANK: Why not have a special overseas stripe for the combat crews of the AAF based on combat hours? A fellow can put in 50 missions […]

FIFTH AIR FORCE GIVES OUT WRIST WATCHES TO GROUND CREW From YANK Magazine Lt. Gen. George C. Kenney, who commands the Fifth Air Force in the Southwest Pacific, has instituted a new award for GIs who […]

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1945 REPORT FROM ARMY AIR FORCE GENERAL ARNOLD Fighter pilots and bomber crews may soon have to dodge bullets while they’re in training for combat. A new plastic .30-caliber frangible bullet that breaks up harmlessly upon […]

A SERVICE FLAG ON A FLYING FORTRESS CAUSES A STIR By Sgt. Thernon J. Rice Marine Corps Correspondent SOMEWHERE IN THE SOUTH PACIFIC—When Calamity Jane, the famous Flying Fortress landed at this island outpost not so long […]

NOTHING CAN STOP THE….COMICAL STORY OF ARMY AIR FORCE CENSORSHIP By Sgt. Ray Duncan You’ve heard of the Army Air Forces, of course, but someday soon you may not. In China, according to an Associated Press […]

SCHOOL FOR GUNNERS Our “Gun-running” Correspondent Learns to Operate The Armament on a Bomber; and God Help Hitler. By Sgt. Denton Scott YANK Staff Correspondent SOMEWHERE IN THE MUD—The B-17 looked like an angry bear attacked by […]

PUERTO RICAN SOLDIER Pvt. Fulano de Tal, the typical GI, is proud of his island, fights well and likes rice, beans and the rumba. By Sgt. Lou Stoumen YANK Staff Correspondent SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO—As Jerry […]

TAIL GUNNER ON “ACES AND ATES” A B-17 WITH THE 384TH BOMB GROUP By Edward McDonald During World War II I was a tail gunner on a B-17 named Aces and Ates. I crashed twice before […]

GERMANS ATTEST SNAFU IN SUPPLY – ATTACKED RELENTLESSLY BY ALLIED BOMBERS From the July 14, 1944 Edition of Stars and Stripes Significant accounts of the devastating disruption caused to the Germans’ military supply lines by Allied […]

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