Looking Back: A Tail Gunner's View of WWII

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Born in Quincy, Illinois, in 1921, DaleVanBlair enlisted in the Army Air Forces in November 1942 and served as a tail gunner with a B-24 crew. On his eighteenth mission his crew led a formation of B-24s to Berlin and sustained fighter and flak damage that forced them to ditch in the frigid North Sea with the loss of fine men. VanBlair's injuries resulted in his being grounded. Following his discharge in October 1945, he graduated from Quincy University and then taught high school English. For seventeen years prior to his retirement in 1982, he served as English Department chairman in a large high school in Belleville, Illinois, the city in which he still lives.

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