by Shari Garvin

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May 28, 2013
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Death in the skies: A Remembrance Day memory

On Thursday I called John Gann in Little Rock, the lone survivor of my dad’s B-17 crew during WWII. John said that Memorial Day should be called “Remembrance Day.” I think he’s right. John was 19 when he was sent to England on the Queen Mary and served as a togglier and nose turret gunner on a B-17. Here’s his story of a mid-air collision that happened on March 17, 1945, on their way back from a bombing mission in Germany. “The sky was cloudy and filled with the exhaust of other planes in the formation, but Navigator Lt. Chet …

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