John Sweren flew 58 missions as a tail gunner in a B-26 during World War II. On July 28, 1944, the plane took a direct hit, breaking off the tail section with him in it. Sixty-one years later, on July 28, 2005, the villagers of Fierville-Bray, France, dedicated a monument to John’s plane. Aaron Elson, author of “A Mile in Their Shoes: Conversations With Veterans of World War II,” interviewed John in 2009. This is a lightly edited transcript of that interview.
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