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  Sgt Tom Neilan was a nose gunner on a B-24, so he had a ringside seat for the German fighters and flak.

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Tom was part of Alve's crew.  

Front row L to R Tom Neilan, Bob Jordan,  Al Magner, Hertz, Willard Riggs.  Back Row L to R Charlie Parker, Moore, Alve, Marks, Dewey Horton.  The plane behind them was flown by another crew the next day and was shot down.

 

 

      

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This picture is of Tom's friend Ed Stevens and Tom.  The photographer was another friend, the now famous actor Walter Mathau.

 

 

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"There seemed to be a thousand planes in the sky at any given time".  And you could take a pretty good photo from the nose gun position.  I wonder how many of these came home that day?

 

 

 

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The escape kits included a card that gave translation phrases in Dutch, French, Spanish, and German.  The German translation didn't ask where the nearest American troops were.