By Joe Dwinell | [email protected] | Boston HeraldMay 18, 2019 at 11:00 pm Alfred Benjamin’s “sortie reports” of his 31 aerial missions navigating B-17s over Europe during World War II are snapshots of one miracle after another — except for the nightmare of his 13th bombing run. “I can’t even put it into words. It was just so horrible. It was a tough long war … and we saw planes go down, we saw people jumping out of planes and hopefully we were hoping that we weren’t going to get hit,” he said of what awaited him that day. It was Aug. 19, 1944. “We were hit over the target,” he said of bombing a railroad yard in Hamm, Germany. “We lost two engines and we were limping home … we got hit again (over the Rhine River) and lost the third engine.” Benjamin, who is Jewish, said B-17 crew members feared that if a Jew was captured, the Nazis would execute them. So when his pilot wanted to ditch over the front lines in Belgium, he pleaded for more time. “I said, ‘Look I’m Jewish. We can’t go yet. We’ve got another minute or two to go. Let’s see… Read full this story
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