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Bombers over and around Arizona


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Many years ago and just before Veterans Day, a friend and I took his father out into the Arizona desert east of Phoenix to do some shooting. Since his father served in the Pacific theatre during WW2, we brought our M1 Garand rifles. As we were shooting, we heard a very distinctive engine drone getting louder. My friend's father stopped firing and we looked up. Overhead, flew a B-17G [Sentimental Journey] and a B-24A [Diamond Lil] from the then named-Confederate Air Force. 

Awestruck, my friend and I watched as the two icons of the war majestically made their way across the sky, until punctuated by the sound of M1 rifle fire and the ejected clip again. The M1 rifle now empty, his father off-handedly commented "I still don't know who I hate more... the damn Japanese Army or that sonofabitch MacArthur!" 

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