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      By Frank Farr
 
 
 

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B17 Flying Fortress; 91st Bomb Group

OLD MEN AND THE WAR

The war was more than sixty years ago.

I don’t know why you dwell upon it so.

Not a single day ever goes by

But what some others of you die

Who, those days, just as you did, used to fly.

You dream about it; can’t you simply let

Those ancient mem’ries lie? Can’t you forget?

Forget? Come sit beside me for a spell.

I’ll see if there’s a way that I can tell

You why my thoughts go ever back to war

Though, as you say, it was so very far

In the past.  Imagine, if you can

That you, like me, were once a young airman

Flying in a famed B-17

O’er Europe’s rivers, towns and fields so green.

So high we fly it seems we scarcely move,                                         

We bomb by daylight; we are out to prove

For leaders who make plans to win the fight

That daylight bombing’s surer than at night.

The Brits, our allies, fly their raids at night

And leave their German targets burning bright;

But still the Yankee brass and planners say

Results of bombing are far best by day.

We near the target, and we see a puff

Of greasy black smoke. One is quite enough

To let us know the Germans lie in wait.

We wonder, flying, if ‘twill be our fate

To stop a vicious, deadly cannon shell.

Soon enough the sky becomes a hell

Of bright, red-centered puffs of smoke.

Frightened airmen grace of God invoke.

And we fly on as we must ever do

Where old flak bursts are mingled with the new

To make a dark gray cloud awaiting us,

Cloud ominous, cloud always perilous.

Most of us fly through the stuff and live

To fly again. We don’t forget to give

Thanks for our survival; but we know

That come tomorrow, back again we’ll go.

Again, again we brave the gray-black pall.

Again, again we see a comrade fall.

Again I wonder when will be my turn

To die or jump and see my airplane burn.

The song line says that airmen, live in fame

And further, end up going down in flame.

Forget, Love? Try, we might, in vain—

The fear, the horror’s graven in our brain.

by Frank Farr

Good morning, Frank. Yesterday was the 70th anniversary of the big air battle over Merseburg, the one where I, along with many others, was shot down. I wrote another poem in commemoration of that event.. Frank Farr

Merseburg

A kiss good night and--
See you, dear, tomorrow.
Never happen. In its place
Terror and sorrow.

Guns are loaded, engines roar.
Out my window I can see,
Waving, my pilot--
A cheery wave from Val Maghee.
The man with whom I share the nose,
Bob Fitzpatrick, bombardier,
I do not know, he knows me not.
The crew I know I'm leaving here.

A navigator, I'm a sub.
Flak bursts around us black and red.
Tension mounts, we taste the fear.
Our target, Merseburg's just ahead.

Then, “Bandits!” the tail gunner calls.
They come from six o'clock and high.
B-17s go down in flames.
Men float on parachutes—or die.
And “Bail out, bail out,” comes the call.
Our ship's left wing tanks are on fire.
We've moments only to escape
And then I'm tumbling through the air.

Our group, the 91st, those who return,
Will mourn the loss of 13 crews
For those who wait back at the base,
It will be tragic, somber news.
Missing roomies, empty bunks,
Half-written letters, open books--
Men pass each other, go their ways
With narrowed eyes, unsmiling looks.

And back home, across the pond,
Grieving moms and dads will place,
Sadly, poudly, one by one,
Gold stars on their window panes.

By Frank Farr

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