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Remembering the noise and commotion of wartime

John Thornton was nearly six years old and the noise of war seemed all around them, he and his mother sought shelter beneath the stairs of their home in a small town north of London, England. “There was a lot of activity at night time with the convoys coming through, particularly the tanks that came through the main street where we lived,” he said, “like a minor earthquake that would shake and rumble the houses.”

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Air Force vet recalls tension of bombing runs

From his position in the bomber, navigator Todd Kindree could see the drop-zone through the chaos. On most operations, his Short Stirling bomber aircraft was heavily tossed by shells exploding in the air around it.