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"After calmly saying over the radio, ' And if i don't make it, good luck to you ' a 25 year old Texan, pilot of an 8th AF Boeing B-17, gave his life that his crew might live. 1st Lt Loye J Lauraine of Mt Calm TX, ordered his crew to parachute from the flak battered bomber, gripped the shattered controls with his hands and knees until all had leaped to safety and then rode his floundering fortress into the ground."



  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 487th Bomb Group

    487th Bomb Group

    The 487th Bomb Group began operations as preparations for D-Day were reaching their crescendo and played their part by bombing airfields in northern France. Like the 486th Bomb Group, the 487th switched to B-17 Flying Fortress for missions from 1...

  • 837th Bomb Squadron


  • Loye Lauraine

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    Assigned to 837BS, 487BG, 8AF USAAF. Flew 1st tour on B-24H 42-52425 'The Tweachewous Wabbit'. 34 x missions. Returned for 2nd tour. Mission to Merseburg/Leuna, Germany in B-17G 42-97997 'Honorable Patches' severely damaged by flak, with some control...


Date Contributor Update
04 April 2018 15:27:38 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations and person associations