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Aluminum Overcast Winged Avenger of World War II by Cliff Rhys James

“To have the United States at our side was to me the greatest joy. Now at this moment I knew America was in the war, up to the neck and in to the death. So, we had won after all! Hitler’s fate was now sealed. Mussolini’s fate was sealed. And as for the Japanese, they would be ground to powder.” (PM Winston Churchill’s diary entry as the U.S. entered W W II after Pearl Harbor)

The prayer of utter desperation is the most earnest prayer of all, and through the hellish days and nights when England stood alone aga i nst t he Na z i wa r mach i ne, W i n s t o n C hu r c h i l l w h i s p e r e d ma ny such pet it ion s. Then, on that providential afternoon in the smoking aftermath of Pearl Harbor, when he looked up and saw the first squadrons of American B-17 Flying Fortresses locked and loaded on E ng l i sh s oi l, he k ne w t h at h i s prayers had been answered:

Sunbeams flicker and flash like

The restored World War II B-17 Flying Fortress bomber Aluminum Overcast stands on the tarmac at Easton airport on October 9, 2014. (AFP Photo/Robert Macpherson) 45

March 2015 ttimes web magazine  

March 2015 Tidewater Times

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