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A Mighty Eight Love Story

My dad (Albert S. Pela, Sr.) deployed in Feb. ’44 to Thorpe Abbotts UK, home to the 100th BG, 350th squadron. His routine pilot was – Giles; occasionally other pilots flew mission lead aircraft. As a tail gunner, his original tour was 25 missions, but then thanks to Doolittle, it was extended to 30 and finally 35. In Sept. of ’44, on mission 34 his luck ran out and he became, as he would tell us, “an uninvited guest of the Luftwaffe” (POW) but that’s a story for another time.

This historical period was challenging for the nation as a whole. My family was lucky compared to others, but had some sacrifice as did all. To illustrate some of these challenges, offered below is a very personal letter my Mom sent to all her grandchildren before she left us. Hopefully, it offers context and historical depth by highlighting my parents’ wartime romance and marriage.

It’s a joint effort, especially in times of stress, to promote domestic tranquility. My folks, although being unique individual characters, worked diligently together to that end. They were 2 of the finest human beings I’ve ever had the privilege to know.

To read the letters or to learn more, click here.

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