Liberty Lady is a book-in-progress by Patricia Allen DiGeorge, based on the experiences of her parents during World War II — her father flew as a bombardier in the 8th Air Force and later engaged in counterespionage against the Nazis, working alongside his future wife with the OSS in Stockholm, Sweden. This blog gives a glimpse into the author’s research, her discoveries, and the unfolding drama.

 

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07 Feb
Nose Guns in the B-17

Early on in the war, the Germans discovered a weakness in the B-17 and attacked the vulnerable nose straight on....

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11 Jan
Shoo Shoo Shoo Baby

Trivia Question: Of all the bombers that force-landed in Sweden during World War II, how many are left for us to see? Sadly, only one....

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09 Dec
The Bombardier Brothers

A book published in 1943, Skyways to Berlin: With the American Flyers in England, told the story of Jack and Mark Mathis, the bombardier brothers....

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10 Nov
Welcome home, Donna Rowe

Captain Donna Rowe gave a meaningful tribute to all veterans and especially to those who served with her in Vietnam....

Rene-Gagnon and Felix-de-Weldon
08 Nov
Sculpting the Marine Corps War Memorial

Korean War veteran John Paul Howard was with the Navy Photographic Laboratory when he met sculptor Felix de Weldon, at the time in the process of making the Marine Corps War Memorial....

1944 Sherman Jumbo Tank - U.S.
21 Oct
Tour of Fort Benning

In just one day at Fort Benning in Columbus, Georgia, I was able to experience both the history and the future of our nation's infantry....

Hiroo Kawakami family
03 Oct
Letters from Hiroshima

In 1948, students who had survived Hiroshima wrote of their experiences and much, much more to sixteen-year old Lee Evans of Pittsburgh....

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17 Sep
Interned Aircraft in WWII Sweden

By the time World War II was over, more than three hundred aircraft from various countries had force-landed or crashed in neutral Sweden. ...

Lt. Donald K. Goss (on left) with Swedish friend. Photo from Kristina Haag Larsen.
21 Aug
Lady Katherine

On August 25, 1944, a B-17 in dire distress is escorted to safety by Swedish fighter pilots. Just in time....

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19 Aug
The Americans in Paris

Paris in April of 1945 is where a group of OSS personnel celebrated VE Day. Can you think of anywhere more fabulous to celebrate? ...