by Harold Norris
In response to several requests, the last from Preston Clark, to give my account of the November 26, 1943, mission to Paris on which Johnny Pyles’ B-17 airplane, The Sweetest One, was rammed by an enemy ship and exploded, I am submitting a description of my experience. I was the tail gunner on that aircraft and the only survivor of the explosion. I’m not a writer, as this version of what happened will attest, and I haven’t thought very carefully about what happened to me for many years, but perhaps as I write, I’ll remember.

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