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by Thomas D. Harmon
Crowell  1944
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Language: English

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Autobiography of Thomas D. Harmon who was born in Rensselaer, Indiana on September 28, 1919. Harmon enrolled in the University of Michigan and was a football player for their football team, the "Michigan Wolverines" with number "98". He was nicknamed "Old 98" by his teammates. In 1940 he won the Heisman Trophy.

On March 26, 1942 Harmon enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force (USAAF) with serial number 16063660 as an aviation cadet. After flight training he earned his wings and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant with serial number O-732545.

On April 9, 1943 2nd Lt. Thomas D. Harmon took off piloting B-25D "Little Butch" 41-29964 on a ferry flight in South America. Due to bad weather, the right engine cut out causing the bomber to crash. Harmon was the only member of the crew that successfully bailed out. Four days later, Harmon reached a clearing in the jungle and was later rescued and returned to duty.

Assigned to the 14th Air Force (14th AF) in China Burma India (CBI) and began flying combat missions. On October 30, 1943 pilot P-38G Lightning 42-13415 shot down over Kiukiang and bailed out. He escape from behind enemy lines with the help of Chinese Communists.

Review by Justin Taylan  

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September 21, 2023

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