Consolidated B-24J Liberator

Consolidated B-24J Liberator
Pima Air and Space Museum
Tucson, Arizona, USA


The Death of a Ball Turret Gunner
  by Randall Jarrell

                                        From my mother’s sleep I fell into the State,
                                        And I hunched in its belly till my wet fur froze.

                                        Six miles from earth, loosed from its dream of life,
                                        I woke to black flak and the nightmare fighters.

                                        When I died they washed me out of the turret with a hose.

.© Robert Barnes 2018 - 2023