To the American veterans of World War II: thank you for your service and your sacrifice.
Introduction: The belly gunner's story begins late in 1941, right after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor in the Hawaiian Islands, the main base for the United States' Pacific Fleet.
Chapter 1 Drafted I wasn't really for the war until Pearl Harbor.
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Chronicles the experiences of American G.I. Dale Aldrich during the Second World War, during which he served as a ball turret, or belly gunner, on a B-17 bomber, flying bombing missions over occupied Europe and spending more than a year interned in a Nazi prisoner-of-war camp.… (more)