Airmen Who Died, Finally Honored in Memorial Ceremony Today

Speed run flyers preparing for fatal flight -- Ready for the KC-135 Stratotanker speed run between New York and London are members of the 405th Air Refueling Wing of the Eight Air Force at Westover Air Force Base. Crew members of this Strategic Air Command combat ready crew are, left to right, Lieutenant Col. George M. Broutsas, 39, Brattleboro, Vermont, aircraft commander; First Lieutenant Joe C. Sweet, 26, Chandler, Arizona, co-pilot; Captain James E. Shipman, 35, of Kansas City, navigator; and Master Sgt. Donald H. Gabbord, 38, Lasgatos, California, boom operator. Colonel Broutsas is the commander of the 99th Air Refueling Squadron of the 905th AR Wing.

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