Flying to the edge of Doomsday

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September 15, 2018 - 9:22 AM

Ernie Davidson

Sequestered deep in the bowels of a B-52 bomber in the 1960s sat Ernie Davidson, the ship’s navigator. He and the crew constantly were prepared to rain nuclear bombs on targets in the Soviet Union.

 

Bob Morgan, who flew the legendary Memphis Belle in World War II, wrote in his memoirs that early in the air war B-17s returning to their bases in England occasionally drifted back over the French coast and suffered the fury of the Luftwaffe’s deadly flak. I wondered why.

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