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Finding a Fallen Hero: The Death of a Ball Turret Gunner.

Finding a Fallen Hero: The Death of a Ball Turret Gunner

Bob Korkuc

University of Oklahoma Press The University of Oklahoma Press is the publishing arm of the University of Oklahoma. It has been in operation for over seventy-five years, and was the first university press established in the American Southwest.  

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On a B-17, Flying Fortress, the hottest hot seat aboard was usually filled by the smallest member of the crew. That would be the ball turret Gunner. On this particular B-17, on his last mission, on February 25, 1944, was a ball turret gunner, Anthony "Tony" Korkuc, who at 27, was the oldest man in the crew of ten. His was the squadron's only plane shot down that day.

He is reported missing in action. It wasn't until 1995 he was reported to be interred in Arlington National Cemetery Arlington National Cemetery, 420 acres (170 hectares), N Va., across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C.; est. 1864. More than 60,000 American war dead, as well as notables including Presidents William Howard Taft and John F. Kennedy, Gen. John J. .

This is the story of Tony Korkuc, as seen through the eyes of his curious nephew NEPHEW, dom. rel. The son of a person's brother or sister. Amb. 514; 1 Jacob's Ch. R. 207. , Bob Korkuc who went on a seven year quest to find what happened to Uncle Tony.

The book is a fine blend of World War ll combat in the air, leading up to Tony's death and the education and growth of his nephew, who learned compassion compassion,
n a profound awareness of another's suffering coupled with a desire to alleviate that suffering.
 and understanding while interviewing the various survivors of the flight. Both Tony and Bob grew in stature stature /sta·ture/ (stach´ur) the height or tallness of a person standing.stat´ural

The height of a person.


the height of an animal in the standing position.
. In a manner Bob finished Tony's last mission.

This search opens a lot of doors to anyone who has lost a service man. There are fewer veterans to interview, but the trail is still inviting, and Bob Korkuc points the way.

Richard N. Larsen

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a person who writes reviews of books, films, etc.

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Author:Larsen, Richard N.
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Date:Jul 1, 2008
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