June 2016

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Clinging to Life on a Life Raft

Fifty miles seemed close enough to New Orleans not to fear a U-boat attack. Yet there was Heredia sinking, and Ray Downs struggling to save his eight-year-old son. By Michael J. Tougias and Alison O’Leary.

Rising Star, Falling Star

No one so young had ever made full general. But Mark Clark, who chose the glory of capturing Rome instead of destroying a German army, didn’t deserve it, critics said. By William Floyd, Jr.

Extra Innings

Pro baseball had to answer a pressing question in 1942: Should we be playing games while the nation fights a war? The president and an anxious citizenry replied: Play ball! America in WWII Photo Essay

The Flying Turkey

Hunting Japanese warships, the Avenger torpedo bomber was rigid rather than graceful, reliable rather than remarkable. Few pilots loved it. But none hated it. And most survived in it. By Robert F. Dorr




A Note from Our Editor


Letters from Our Readers

Home Front

Mr. Mail-Order Muscles


Julie London


Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum
Visit the NAS Wildwood Aviation Museum

I Was There

“Flying Sideways”

War Stories

Memories from the War Years

Books and Media

Our Latest Reviews

Theater of War

Desperate Journey

78 RPM

“The Airborne Symphony”

WWII Events

A Calendar of Present-Day Happenings


“Willy’s Bombardier”