Miss Fortune’s Last Mission: Uncovering a Story of Sacrifice by Bill Boyce,John Hartley Torrison,John DeMers

By Bill Boyce,John Hartley Torrison,John DeMers

Twenty-five years after his loss of life, i wished to understand the issues my father wouldn't speak about approximately his time as a 19-year-old waist gunner in a B-24 bomber. i discovered the guy who may possibly inform me. He was once Ray Noury, who flew with my father over Europe in past due 1943; kept my father’s existence; and, after my wounded father used to be shipped domestic, turned the lone survivor of a doomed group that was once shot down in February 1944. whilst I met Ray in 2013, purely 5 months sooner than his personal loss of life at age ninety, he advised me the tale of a B-24 nicknamed leave out Fortune. Ray observed pass over Fortune’s team contributors, their households, and a village that keeps to honor the crew’s sacrifice seven many years later. Ray’s revelations took me around the kingdom and over the Atlantic; via stacks of letters and images; and again to the confusion I felt as a baby brooding about why my father nonetheless used to be so wounded such a lot of years after the surgeons repaired his shattered leg. Ray brought me to his good friend John Torrison, whose years of study commemorated John’s uncle and the opposite team participants who flew on omit Fortune’s final project. Ray and John responded the questions that went unasked whereas my father used to be alive. It seems that realizing one guy required me to grasp 11 others. They flew with and as opposed to my father as 1943 changed into 1944. a long time after their final venture, the individuals of pass over Fortune’s group remained with my father. They nonetheless stay at the present time within the thoughts of individuals on continents.

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