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England-Keen eyes of Capt Oscar O'Neill, skipper of 'Invasion II', peer out over the oxygen mask that high altitude combat forces every crew member to wear. O'Neill is the first man to see enemy aircraft getting "cocked" for a frontal attack. Over the intercom, through the sensitive throat mike he yells back to rest of the crew "Gunners alert ! Focke Wulfe 190 coming in high at 1:30.. here we go... "

NARA Ref 342-FH-3A12655-50030AC.



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14 March 2017 17:17:00 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and aircraft associations