Sgt. Elwin Walter McMahon
In Memory and Honor of
Sgt. Elwin Walter McMahon
and The Excalibur's Revenge Crew
Seventy years ago on Sept. 15, 1943, a B-17, The Excalibur's Revenge, along with other bombers, departed from the British Isles on a bombing mission to Paris, France. Just as the planes were over their designated target area, the Excalibur was hit by anti-aircraft fire, and with the exception of one survivor, the plane blew-up and went down in an inferno. My 20-year-old brother, Sgt. Elwin Walter McMahon, the plane's tail gunner, was last seen trying to bail-out... and at that moment his destiny was fulfilled. All of the crew members were products of the Great Depression. So, they had only one resolve... to make this country a better place for the next generation(s). The question that's yet to be answered by this me-myself-and-I generation is... Did they die for a lost cause?

Published by The Burlington Free Press on Sep. 15, 2013.
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Brave young men like your brother are the reason most of our world lives in freedom. Our world would be very different place had the forces of tyranny prevailed. Heros have white crosses above their resting place,your brother is certainly one of them.
Glenn Stimets
September 15, 2013
Very powerful...I sent it to all my friends.
September 15, 2013
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