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Former Staff Sgt. Lewis Herron, top left, 350th Bomb Squadron tail gunner, poses with the rest of his crew from the “Heaven Sent” B-17 Flying Fortress, standing from left to right, Tech. Sgt. Glenn Smiley, 2nd Lt. Gerald Klecker and Tech. Sgt. William Jarrell; kneeling left to right, Tech. Sgt. Michael Garemko, 1st Lt. Tom Anderson, Staff Sgt. Angelo Cioffi and 1st Lt. Fred Schmidt, during their time stationed at Thorpe Abbots, England, during World War II. The 100th BG became nicknamed “The Bloody Hundredth” after suffering significant losses. (Courtesy photo provided by the 100th Bomb Group Foundation/Released) Commentary – Drawing courage from the legacy of the Bloody Hundredth
We pride ourselves on being the most lethal Air Force in the world, but that means our job is inherently dangerous. Just like the Airmen who flew, fought and won before us, we have to accept the nature of our business, and do whatever it takes to establish air dominance and ensure international peace.
0 6/29
2018
Andy Fuller, dog tag finder, Wing Commander Cornish, officer commanding support wing, Royal Air Force Honington, U.S. Air Force Col. Derek Salmi, 100 Air Refueling Wing, Operations Group commander, RAF Mildenhall, U.K., and Cpl. Ed Stanley, RAF armourer and RAF military contact for Fuller pose in front of the 388th Bombardment Group (Heavy), 8th AF memorial with a WWII U.S. Army Air Forces dog tag that was found while metal detecting on the former RAF Knettishall (US Air Base 136) near Knettishall, U.K., Aug. 12, 2016. This repatriation of the service member's dog tag marked the official receipt from the RAF to the USAF on behalf of the surviving USAAF service member who was assigned to the 388th BG, 8th AF and is currently living in Louisiana. Following this ceremony, the dog tag will be transported to the 8th AF in Louisiana where it can then be officially presented to its rightful owner. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Master Sgt. Brian M. Boisvert)
Repatriation of a WWII U.S. Army Air Forces dog tag
Andy Fuller, dog tag finder, Wing Commander Cornish, officer commanding support wing, Royal Air Force Honington, U.S. Air Force Col. Derek Salmi, 100 Air Refueling Wing, Operations Group commander, RAF Mildenhall, U.K., and Cpl. Ed Stanley, RAF armourer and RAF military contact for Fuller pose in front of the 388th Bombardment Group (Heavy), 8th AF memorial with a WWII U.S. Army Air Forces dog tag that was found while metal detecting on the former RAF Knettishall (US Air Base 136) near Knettishall, U.K., Aug. 12, 2016. This repatriation of the service member's dog tag marked the official receipt from the RAF to the USAF on behalf of the surviving USAAF service member who was assigned to the 388th BG, 8th AF and is currently living in Louisiana. Following this ceremony, the dog tag will be transported to the 8th AF in Louisiana where it can then be officially presented to its rightful owner. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Master Sgt. Brian M. Boisvert)
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2016
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