Books: History and Stories of the 32nd Bomb Squadron in WWII

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Rigor Mortis. The Machine and His Men. The Story of B-17 Flying Fortress 42-5233 in World War II.

Most aircraft of World War II had pictures of sexy girls, tributes to sweethearts, songs and home. The planes were fondly referred to in a feminine manor. That was not the case with this B-17 tail number 42-25233. He was Rigor Mortis.

This is the story of Rigor Mortis and his men who flew over 120 missions from North Africa and Italy in 1943 and 1944. This sixteen month story encompasses the 301st, 2nd and 483rd Bombardment Groups of the 12th and 15th Air Forces. It begins with the first crew in Salina, Kansas. Their overseas trip via Brazil, arriving at Biskra, Algeria on New Year's Eve 1942. Assigned to the 32nd Bomb Squadron 25233 and his men flew their first mission on January 2. Some missions would be milk runs, many quite difficult.

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