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Originally published in the Enumclaw Courier-Herald, May 1944

Home from battle: First Lieut. Walter L. Gibson of Black Diamond is home on a brief furlough following his arrival from the European theater of war. He has completed his fifty combat missions.

Home from battle: First Lieut. Walter L. Gibson of Black Diamond is home on a brief furlough following his arrival from the European theater of war. He has completed his fifty combat missions.

Having completed his fifty combat missions overseas, First Lieut. Walter L. Gibson, Army Air Forces, of Black Diamond is home for a short furlough. He arrived home April 25 and will depart May 15 for the Santa Monica, Calif., redistribution center where he will be reassigned to duty.

Lt. Gibson was bombardier on a Liberator bomber. He will put in for pilot’s training at the redistribution center.

His tour of duty overseas took him to Cairo, Palestine, and North Africa. While on leave he visited Nazareth, the Jordan River, and took a row boat ride on the Sea of Galilee.

Overseas 9 months, Lt. Gibson together with the plane and its crew flew to North Africa from the United States via Iceland and England. The plane and its crew operated with its squadron out of North Africa on missions over Greece, Bulgaria, Austria, Hungary, Italy, France and Germany.

On the famous raid on the great German airplane plant at Regensburg Gibson was the lead bombardier upon whose bomb release the rest of the squadron’s planes bombs were dropped. (more…)

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