National Geographic : 1994 Mar
On Assignment CGAny landing you can walk away from is a good one!" GERALD SR. MASSIE, a U. S. Army Air Forces photographer, wrote in December 1944, after his B-17 crash-landed at Bovingdon, England. He lost not only film and equipment but also six bottles of French perfume he had bought for his fiance, Henrietta Hendrich. Massie survived the war and became chief photographer for the state of Missouri. After his death in 1989 Henrietta Massie revealed to NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC his historical trove-1,500 World War II photo graphs, 12 of which appear in this month's Eighth Air Force article. At an aviators' reunion in Bas singbourn, England, writer TOM ALLEN (right) met Doris Foster, who arrived in the same trademark hat she wore while running a war time pub. "She was the mom of the Royal Air Force and the Yanks," says Allen, who became a reporter in Connecticut at age 17 and is him self a Navy veteran. A former book editor for the Society, he trekked through Mongolia for his first GEO GRAPHIC article (February 1985). Photographer IRA BLOCK, born in Brooklyn four years after the war's end, got a flying history lesson in a restored AT-6 Texan, once used to train pilots and gunners. "After you find out how many fliers were killed," said Block, "you under stand their bravery." GERALDR. MASSIE COLLECTION(TOP); IRA BLOCK NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC (ISSN 0027-9358) IS PUBLISHEDMONTHLY BY THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY,1145 17THST. N.W., WASHINGTON,D. C. 20036. $21.00 A YEAR,$2.65 A COPY. SECOND-CLASSPOSTAGEPAIDAT WASHINGTON,D. C., AND ELSEWHERE.POSTMASTER:SENDADDRESSCHANGESTO NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC,P.O . BOX2174, WASHINGTON,D. C. 20013.