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The End of the Writing 69th
The Writing 69th was created for promotional purposes, and it served to tie together eight men who had been covering the air war. However when Bob Post was lost, his death marked the end of "The Writing 69th." Of course, the journalists continued their work, they just stopped using the name. Ironically, the Writing 69th proved something to the public that the 8th Air Force would just have soon not have advertised, that is, the extreme risk faced by the airmen who participated in these missions. Bob Post knew that he was taking a one-in-ten gamble with his life. He even thought that he would be the one to die. And he was right.
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