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Response to OmahaBlueDog (Reply #14)

Fri Oct 25, 2013, 11:42 PM

27. He didn't use it at ALL. And he wasn't just an excellent pilot! He was a war HERO.

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Latest-News-Wires/2012/1021/George-McGovern-A-war-hero-who-fought-for-peace

George McGovern: A war hero who fought for peace
Former US Senator George McGovern was a war hero who inspired many in his opposition to the Vietnam War. Always a proud liberal, he was crushed in his 1972 challenge to Richard Nixon.


....The Army didn't have enough airfields or training planes to take him until 1943. He married his wife, Eleanor Stegeberg, and arrived in Italy the next year. That would be his base for the 35 missions he flew in the B-24 Liberator christened the "Dakota Queen" after his new bride.

In a December 1944 bombing raid on the Czech city of Pilsen, McGovern's plane was hit by anti-aircraft fire that disabled one engine and set fire to another. He nursed the B-24 back to a British airfield on an island in the Adriatic Sea, earning the Distinguished Flying Cross. On his final mission, his plane was hit several times, but he managed to get it back safety one of the actions for which he received the Air Medal.


You don't get either of those decorations for hanging around the barn, and those missions weren't training ones, they were combat missions--he was a doggone war hero.

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