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|Posted: Sat Oct 13th, 2007 11:26 pm||
In a book called "Jimmy Stewart Bomber Pilot," author Starr Smith writes:
"On one of his Hollywood visits, Stewart (already in the air corps) had a reunion with his old friend, Clark Gable, who was now a newly commissioned air force officer...Gable's wife, the vivacious Carole Lombard, had recently lost her life in an airliner crash while on a war-bond fundraising trip for the government. The Gable-Lombard marriage had been viewed in Hollywood as a deep and emotional love match, and her sudden death had a profound effect on the rugged 'Gone with the Wind' star. It has been said that the numbing grief of his wife's passing, and the simple fact that at the time of her death she was in wartime service, propelled Gable to seek an active role in uniform — even at the age of 41."
I believe Gable flew several combat missions as a waist gunner.
Starr Smith was an intelligence officer in the 8th Air Force during WWII.
Stewart's wartime honors included the Distinguished Flying Cross with two Oak Leaf Clusters; the Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Croix de Guerre. His first DFC was presented by Gen. Jimmy Doolittle, who already had received the Congressional Medal of Honor for his Tokyo raid. That DFC was presented to Stewart for a particularly perilous mission over Brunswick, Germany, during Big Week in Feb., 1944, in which he was wing commander
Errol Flynn was classified 4-F because of a bad heart. Died of heart failure at the age of 50 in 1959.
Tried my darndest to get a roster of the 445th BG to see if any of Stewart's co-pilots were named Harvey. No luck.