“We’ll Live in Fame or go Down in Flame”*

Brigadier General Frederick W. Castle,
U.S. Army
circa 1944

image courtesy
American Air Museum in Britain

The words, “Christmas Eve”– for us in the Northern Hemisphere– conjure visions of shivering carolers, cups of steaming cocoa, and trees graced with twinkling lights. But 74 years ago on Christmas Eve, the bomber crews and aircraft-maintenance crews of the U.K.-based U.S. Eighth Air Force (8AF) had different things on their minds: target charts, bomb loads, and Nazi fighters.

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*Battle Hymn, USAF

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