Late November 1941, Clark Field, Philippine Islands.... The U.S. Army Air Corps prepares for days of infamy ahead. Meagerly-equipped crews of the 19th Bomb Group prepare their B-17s for the day's practice missions, unaware that in mere days, Clark Field and other nearby U.S. bases would be savaged by enemy surprise attacks. Many would be taken prisoner, and some of those shown here, such as Colin Kelly and Harl Pease, would gain tragic fame.
SIGNED BY THREE OF THE FOLLOWING VETERANS:
PFC Robert E. ALTMAN - Radio operator in plan piloted by Capt. Colin Kelly.
Edward JACKFERT - B-18 Crew Chief during first attack on Clark Field.
Col. Edward M. JACQUET - Clark Field B-17 copilot, 47 combat missions with the 19th Bomb Group.
Lt.Col. Melvin A. MCKENZIE - Clark Field B-17 copilot and navigator.
Robert PHILLIPS - Crew Chief, B-17 & other aircraft.
Col. John A. WALLACH - Clark Field B-17 and later part of "Swoose" crew and fighter pilot.