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Tom Engram

Flying a heavy bomber on combat missions across the Pacific Ocean would be a tremendous responsibility for anyone of any age, but many of the crew members aboard those planes were only in their teens and were led by pilots who were considered “old men” when only in their 20s. Tom Engram of rural Carbondale loved airplanes as a little boy growing up in Johnston City and the U.S. Army Air Corps gave him a chance to prove his mettle by learning to pilot the B-24 Liberator heavy bomber. The retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel has scrapbooks filled with flying stories and recently shared some of his favorites with us.

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