On July 26, B-17 ball (later top) turret gunner Tom Wenn was at the Old Fort Meade Museum in Sturgis to talk about his 25 combat missions in the European theater, with 2 Distinguished Flying Crosses in WW2. Maurie Crow was there then. Both men flew from 8th AF out of East Anglia, England--Wenn earlier in the war, Crow later.
When Pearl Harbor was bombed, Wenn was in a movie house seeing Gone with the Wind. Once in the Army Air Force, he became a ball turret gunner, training in Rapid City.
He had a mission focus on taking out German submarine bases in France, earlier in the 1940s when the Battle of the Atlantic was in full swing. He often flew at about 4,000 feet because German flak was set at 20,000 feet. After 7 missions in the ball turret, he moved up to top turret, and later became a flight engineer. Wenn remembers shooting down a Messerschmidt 210 fighter at one point.