At Langley Field in Virginia, I was a crew chief on an L-5 aircraft. I was the crew chief and radio operator.
My job was to keep the plane in good shape. After a flight, we had to remove birds that hit and stayed on the plane. I also flew the plane.
We patrolled the East Coast during wartime.
The older pilots had fought in Germany. When they found tanks, boats, and trains on the ground, they called our fighter planes to destroy them.
We were like the unknown pilots; few knew about us.
I would later get a job in the printing career field where I would work for the next 70 years. I was one of the best in my trade. While in the military, I printed over most of the world.
(Contributing writer Everett Vanover lives in California.)