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Gen'l Knight

Can't ... give peace a chance?

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10th April 2004

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#1 12 years ago

Since we are getting so very artistic and literary in this forum, let me do my part in posting a poem found in an ever-so-nice picture book Flying Legends by John M. Dibbs, publishers Lowe & B. Hould. If you have any others you'd like to contribute to this thread (even some of your own authorship), please feel free to do so. This is a poem from an air man flying in bombers in Italy singing the praises of the P-38. [COLOR=black]Oh, Hedy Lamarr is a beautiful gal[/COLOR] [COLOR=black]and Madeleine Carroll is too,[/COLOR] [COLOR=black]But you'll find if you query, a different theory[/COLOR] [COLOR=black]amongst any bomber crew[/COLOR] [COLOR=black]For the loveliest thing of which one could sing[/COLOR] [COLOR=black](this side of the Pearly Gates)[/COLOR] [COLOR=black]Is no blonde or brunette of the Hollywood set[/COLOR] [COLOR=black]But an escort of P-38s.[/COLOR] [COLOR=black] [/COLOR] [COLOR=black]Yes, in the days that have passed, when the tables were massed[/COLOR] [COLOR=black]with glasses of scotch and champagne[/COLOR] [COLOR=black]It's quite true that the sight was a thing to delight[/COLOR] [COLOR=black]Us, intent upon feeling no pain.[/COLOR] [COLOR=black]But no longer the same, nowadays, in this game[/COLOR] [COLOR=black]When we head north from Messina Straits[/COLOR] [COLOR=black]Take the sparkling wine - every time just make mine[/COLOR] [COLOR=black]an escort ofP-38's.[/COLOR] [COLOR=black]Byron, Shelley and Keats run a dozen dead heats[/COLOR] [COLOR=black]Describing the view from the hills,[/COLOR] [COLOR=black]of the valleys in May when the winds gently sway[/COLOR] [COLOR=black]In the air it's a different story;[/COLOR] [COLOR=black]We sweat out our track through the fighter and flak[/COLOR] [COLOR=black]We're willing to split up the glory[/COLOR] [COLOR=black]Well, they wouldn 't reject us, so Heaven protect us[/COLOR] [COLOR=black]and, until all this shooting abates,[/COLOR] [COLOR=black]Give us courage to fight 'em - one other small item -[/COLOR] [COLOR=black]An escort ofP-38's.[/COLOR] [COLOR=black]Anonymous radioman on a Fifteenth Air Force B-17, Italy, 1944[/COLOR]