Like Holding a Ticket to Your Own Funeral

Harold Dorfman was an 8th Air Force navigator who arrived in England in the late Summer of ’44. A member of crew #66, Dorfman and his buddies referred to their crew as ‘The Boxcars’ a nickname sometimes used to describe the Liberator bombers they flew. Read the rest of this entry »

Death of a Liberator (and the story of THAT photo)

It’s one of the most fascinating photographs of WWII. A B-24 Liberator hangs in the clouds, ripped apart by rockets from a German Me 262 jet fighter. With its tail separated from its body the bomber begins its death dive.

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B-24 Liberators Attacked by Nazi Jets

I have a box. It’s a metal flight case that was given to me back when I worked in television. I use it to store an old Sony camcorder and a whole bunch of video tapes. On the tapes are interviews with veterans of the 8th Air Force in England. In one of the interviews a tail gunner by the name of Edward Paretti talks about a bombing mission to Weisendorf when his group was attacked by German jet fighters. Read the rest of this entry »

Flew 25 missions on B-24 Liberator ‘Viva Latrine’

Edward Kourken Torossian was born on November 23, 1923, in Highland Park, Michigan, to Toros and Alice Torossian. He was the second of three children and grew up with his sisters Margaret and Rose, in their home above their fathers shoe repair shop. Read the rest of this entry »