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"The Sky Lancers have established an enviable record in combat against the Japanese in the Southwest Pacific Theatre of Operations. We have advanced twenty-five hundred miles since debarking at Cape Sudest, New Guinea; we have delivered destruction to the enemy over every mile of it and part of our great task still lies ahead on the road to Tokyo. Our gains have not been made easily and the price has been paid in both men and equipment.
It is to our gallant comrades who made their last flight with our organization that The SKY LANCER is dedicated, for it was they who contributed so greatly to our success and to the ultimate peace we are to gain through their courageous efforts."
Milton W. Johnson, Lt. Col., Air Corps, Commanding
United States Navy, World War 1939-1945, Regimental Histories, United States. Army Air Forces Bombardment Group (L) 417th
Green, Eugene L.; Keane, Paul A.; and Callanan, Lewis E., "The sky lancer: 417th Bomb Group" (1946). World War Regimental Histories. 75.