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An airgunner stands before his B-24 bomber wearing what it took to survive at 25,000ft altitude, 1944


Airgunner Major David G. Bellemre and behind him is the B-24 Liberator heavy bomber 'Tepee Time Gal'. He is dressed in typical flight clothing: M4 Flak Helmet with Polaroid B-8 Goggles, Flak Jacket, F-2 Electrical Flying Suit with B-3 Jacket, A-14 Oxygen Mask, Gloves and Ogg Airmen Boots.

The swastika inscribed on the body of the aircraft represents the number of German aircraft shot down (the so-called kill counts). The bombs represent the number of missions flown (the so-called bombing runs). The crew would often attach to their planes, as they were not only flying them but were constantly repairing and maintaining them.

Additionally, this is one of the things he was allowed to personalize. More importantly, the plane itself took them away from death and back to the safety of their airspace.

The work you put into the maintenance and upkeep of the aircraft is the culmination of the desire you have to live and survive. The aircraft will eventually be lost, out of date, or worn out and replaced due to maintenance costs.

In World War II, aircrews decorated their planes with pinups and pictures of beautiful girls. This type of art was called "nose art". It was (and still is) an interesting exercise. While beginning for practical reasons of identifying friendly units, the practice evolved to express individuality, often constrained by military uniformity, to evoke memories of home and peaceful life, and to evoke memories of war. Develops as a kind of psychological protection against stress and probability. death of

Some see a deep, psychological impulse—an amulet, a good luck charm, as a way to protect the plane from evil, death, and bullets. The beautiful Indian girl pictured in the above picture was named Watrock.

In 1942, during the first three months of US fighter flights over Europe, the average bomber crew was expected to complete 8–12 missions before being shot down or disabled. With this in mind, the US Army Air Forces decided that 25 missions would constitute a "full tour of duty" due to "physical and mental stress on the crew".

The 25 missions were a number the crew could believe in, and offered some hope of a light at the end of the tunnel, especially with critical data requiring bomber crews to escort long-range fighters before mission survivability significantly. Improved when they arrived. Later during the conflict.

This 25 mission rule seems strange because an infantryman was until he was killed, wounded or someone won. Surviving 25 missions was very rare, so it was considered extremely fortunate to inherit such an aircraft.

The new crew could always tell the new airplanes from the old because they were hot. On the older ones, the seal around the turret would eventually wear out and let the cold in.

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