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Corporal Roger Lovelace
Corporal Roger V. Lovelace

Excerpts From the Book
“D-Day June 6, 1944- The Climactic Battle of World War II”

- by Stephen Ambrose:

“They took heavy casualties. Statistically, bomber crews could not survive twenty-five missions. Catch-22 was not fiction. Sgt. Roger Lovelace of the 386th Bomb Group had been told that he could go home after twenty-five missions. Then it was thirty, then thirty-five. On D-Day he was on his sixtieth mission (and eventually did a total of seventy-six). In the two months preceding D-Day, the Allied air forces lost 12,000 men and over 2,000 planes.” – page 240

  …“ By June 4, Sgt. Roger Lovelace recalled, “the electricity of tension was so thick you could hear it, smell it, feel it.” By the evening of June 5, “We felt like we were sitting on a live bomb with the fuse sizzling. And then it started. We heard the craft overhead, the Dakotas hauling the airborne. We all stood outside and looked up against the semidark sky. There were so many of them it just boggled your mind.”- page 241

… “Did he just say 500 feet?” Sergeant Lovelace asked a buddy. “That shook us some. The last time B-26s had gone down on the deck like that they had lost ten out of ten in a low-level mission to Holland.”
The Marauder, a two-engine medium bomber built by Martin, had high tail fins, a cigar-shaped body, and short wings. The crews called the B-26 the “flying prostitute” because she had “no visible means of support” They had an affection for the craft that was well expressed by Lieutenant Robinson: “The Marauders were without any doubt, the best bombers in the whole wide world.” – page 242

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