Sunday, February 11, 2018
"The Mighty Eighth" Rosie's Crew-- Part 3: A Terrifying 52nd Mission
On February 3, 1945, after volunteering for a third tour of duty, Rosie led the entire Third Air Division of 1,000 bombers on a mission to Berlin. Rosie's plane was hit by flak as they approached the target. Only after completing the target run did Rosie radio the second-in-command and instruct him to take over.
With dead and wounded aboard, Rosie's crippled bomber headed east toward Russian lines before encountering an uncontrolled spiral descent. Rosie finally bailed out and was found by Russian troops.
Rosie and a few of his men wound up in Moscow.