Segment 10


Armanini discusses having bicycle races in the officer's club at Thorpe Abbotts [Annotator’s Note: 100th Bomb Group’s English air base] to blow off steam and how money didn't mean anything to them. He goes on to describe how his sense of ethics changed during the war. Before the war he was an ethical man who valued life, during the war he didn't care about life, didn't care about whether or not he killed innocent people or not. He goes on to say that you don't think about doing good things for people at all. Armanini says that you don't mourn your friends; you say thank God it is not me; you become more introverted and think of only yourself and your own survival. He expresses his sincere appreciation for the infantry and how he has nothing but the utmost respect for the men who fought the war on the ground.Armanini discusses the infamous story of the 100th Bomb Group’s B-17 [Annotator’s Note: American B-17 Flying Fortress bomber] that dropped its wheels from loss of hydraulic pressure and shot down two German aircraft who assumed the B-17 had surrendered. Armanini disproves the myth that the 100th Bomb Group, known as the "Bloody Hundredth" was a specific target of the German Luftwaffe as a result of the wounded B-17 shooting down two German fighters who assumed surrender.Armanini discusses the mission in which he feared that his aircraft wouldn't make it to England after having lost two engines. He describes how there was nothing he could do about the action taking place around him.  


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