|Published: 9:45 PM, 07/19/2013
||Last updated: 9:46 PM, 07/19/2013
Source: The Newport Plain Talk
I was born in Newport, Tenn. in 1923. My father was Ted
Roadman, the editor, owner, and publisher of your newspaper. In 1932, we moved
to Carson Springs. In 1943, I joined the U.S. Army, and in February 1944, I was
commissioned as a second lieutenant and awarded pilot's wings. In the summer of
1944, I received transition training on the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress and was
made aircraft commander of a 10-man crew whose average age was 20 years. We
flew a new bomber to England and flew with the 401st Bomb Group of the 8th Air
Force. My crew was the youngest crew bombing Germany from England. We completed
35 missions together, and none of my crew received any injuries.
This year, I have published a book titled, "A Combat
Nightmare in WWII," ISBN 9781484911846. This book may be ordered from me
for $20, which includes postage paid.
My book includes a brief review of man's first flights in
balloons in Pairs in 1783, subsequent flights in lighter-than-air vehicles and
heavier-than-air aircrafts. Basically, however, my books is a biography of my
life when I was a boy in Cocke County, Tenn., my training to become a bomber
pilot, and a review of my combat missions over Nazi Germany.
Julian A. Roadman
Lieutenant Colonel, USAF, Retired
2000 South Lakeline Boulevard
Cedar Park, Texas 78613
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