The Air Force Memorial

      We never got very close to this memorial.

      This picture was taken through the window of the moving bus as we passed by, some distance away.

      A better picture can be found at:

      I, personally, have never felt the same empathy with the Air Force that I did for the Army Air Force although I did a number of active duty tours with them after the war.

      The 3500 man (?) 1939 Army Air Corps grew to 4,500,000 in 1945.

      It was a huge force of non-professional but dedicated soldiers that did an incredible job.

      We pilots referred to ourselves as "commissioned civilians" and the Army never understood the lack of a great divide between officers and enlisted men that existed in air crews or between pilots and their mechanics.

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