July 1944

No Hands

Volume 28, Issue 7

There is somewhere on record, even if only in memory, a story of the last war and of how a pilot and his gunner-observer, flying one of those crazy antiquated orange crates, decided it would be safer, as well as more amusing, if each decided to learn the other's job. Accordingly the pilot learned to shoot, and the gunner learned to fly. There is no evidence that this reciprocal arrangement did not work admirably until one day, after a more than usually odd landing, the gunner accused the pilot of not knowing how to fly.

"That was a hell of a landing!" he said.

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