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Ramrod To Munster

The following article is a copy of a private publication by the pilot concerned, Stephen C. Ananian. It is reproduced here with his permission and my gratitude.

Ramrod was the code word to designate a mission in which fighter planes escorted our bombers. I guess the word comes from the days of the old west. Cowboys that herded the cattle were called ramrods. They rounded up the strays and brought the cattle home. I often felt like I was riding herd on the bombers, protecting them from enemy fighters and bringing them home safely!

Narrative and illustrations byStephen C. Ananian

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2nd Lt. Stephen C. Ananian flying in this Mustang P-51B Fighter, flew his first mission on
5 October 1944. What transpired that day is the true story that follows..........



To Anna, my guardian angel, who watches over me in death as she did in life.........

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