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This is the first page in the unofficial history of the 410th Bombardment Group (L). Written in France at a time when Hitler's throne is crumbling and the axis dream of world domination is about to burst like a bubble in the breeze, it is intended to recall a few incidents of the past without any attempt to foresee the future.
Lacking a crystal ball or the courage of a weatherman, we frown upon all attempts to predict how, when or where the 410th Bomb Group will cease to exist. To the contrary, we confine these pages to history, and history, as you know, is a recitation of facts.
You will therefore find among the pages to follow both humor and tragedy -- the fun of a party, the loss of a friend. You will find here many things that can never be forgotten and consequently need never be written, and yet if among the pages you find one little incident worthwhile remembering that might otherwise have been forgotten, this book does indeed serve its purpose.
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United States Air Force, World War 1939-1945, Regimental histories, 410th Bombardment Group
United States Army Air Forces, "History of the 410th Bombardment Group" (1945). Regimental Histories. 131.
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