Segment 7

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Armanini tells a story about how the tail of a B-17 [AnnotatorÂ’s Note: American B-17 Flying Fortress bomber] was shot off and the tail gunner survived the crash and walked out of the severed tail section. He tells stories of luck and survival that he has heard over the years. He explains that he was all for the theory of daylight precision bombing. He would rather have been able to see what he was doing by flying during the day as opposed to night when the British flew. Armanini explains that the enemy fighters were the main thing to worry about for a bomber crewman in 1943 and early 1944. Armanini says that there is no skill that will bring you through a war, it is merely luck. War is unpredictable.

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