Striker was the squadron leader. He brought us in real low. But he couldn’t handle it.
Buddy couldn’t handle it? Was Buddy one of your crew?
Right. Buddy was the bombardier. But it was Striker who couldn’t handle it, and he went to pieces.
*Andy* went to pieces?
No. Andy was the navigator. He was all right. Buddy went to pieces. It was awful how he came unglued.
*Howie* came unglued?
Oh, no. Howie was a rock, the best tailgunner in the outfit. Buddy came unglued.
And he bailed out? No. Andy hung tough. Buddy bailed out. How he survived, it was a miracle.
Then Howie survived?
No, ‘fraid not. We lost Howie the next day.
Over Macho Grande?
No. I don’t think I’ll ever get over Macho Grande, some wounds run pretty deep.