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B16Enk
05-07-2007, 08:44 AM
Raymond D. Schar was a Co-Pilot on a B-17 during WWII, and he transcribed his diary in 1998.

All 52 pages have been scanned and the text extracted and posted here:

Chronicles of a B-17 (http://www.honorourveterans.com/letters/chronicles-of-a-b-17-bomber-by-raymond-d.-schar.html)

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B16Enk
05-07-2007, 08:44 AM
Raymond D. Schar was a Co-Pilot on a B-17 during WWII, and he transcribed his diary in 1998.

All 52 pages have been scanned and the text extracted and posted here:

Chronicles of a B-17 (http://www.honorourveterans.com/letters/chronicles-of-a-b-17-bomber-by-raymond-d.-schar.html)

Please Honor and Respect this Veteran's copyright. By all means share the link (there is an email this link button on the article) but please do not copy!

jarink
05-07-2007, 09:23 AM
Cool! I can't wait to read this. I love the old diaries/stories.
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Thanks for the link!

B16Enk
05-07-2007, 10:59 AM
A 'sweetner':

<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Another time one of the other students and his instructor were on their way to their parked PT-19. The student was to fly from the front seat. While he was getting in, the instructor, who had forgotten something in the hanger, told him he was going back to get it and then placed his parachute in the back seat. His student didn't hear him, and according to pre-flight instructions, he started the engine and proceeded to taxi out and take off, assuming his instructor was in the back seat.


At the pre-determined altitude, the student was supposed to do a series of acrobatics, the first of which was to fly upside down. When he roIled the plane over, he caught a movement below the plane out of the corner of his eyes. It was the instnrctors parachute falling to the ground. In his awkward position, he thought he had dumped his instructor out, and since the chute never opened, he felt sure he had killed him. He righted the plane and headed back to the field and landed. After taxiing to the hardstand and shutting off the- engine-, he raced into the hanger to tell what had happened. All the time his instructor was watching him from behind the door and when he told the operations officer that he had killed his instructor, out stepped the instructor. The student got a real chewing out and was told he was going to have to pay for the parachute. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

John_Wayne_
05-07-2007, 11:10 AM
Gotta bump it http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

JG52Uther
05-07-2007, 11:18 AM
Thanks for the link Rog.I love this stuff!

B16Enk
05-11-2007, 02:23 PM
Sorry, giving this a bump because the url changed (been doing some search engine optimising and got to #1/2 on yahoo http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif).

New link is in original post.