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Ode to the P-38

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    Ode To The P-38

    Oh, Hedy Lamarr is a beautiful gal, and Madeleine Carroll is too,
    But you'll find if you query, a different theory amongst any bomber crew
    For the loveliest thing of which one could sing (this side of the pearly gates)
    Is no blonde or brunette of the Hollywood set -
    But an escort of P-38s.

    Yes, in the days that have passed,
    when the tables were massed with glasses of scotch and champagne,
    It's quite true that the sight was a thing of delight us,
    intent on feeling no pain.
    But no longer the same, nowadays is this game
    When we head north for Messina Straits
    Take the sparkling wine-every time,
    just make mine an escort of P-38s.

    Byron, Shelley and Keats ran a dozen dead heats
    Describing the views from the hills,
    of the valleys in May when the winds gently sway
    In the air it's a different story;
    We sweat out our track through the fighters and flak
    We're willing to split up the glory
    Well, they wouldn't reject us, so heaven protect us
    and, until all this shooting abates,
    Give us courage to fight 'em - one other small item -
    an escort of P-38s.

    Frederic Arnold Quote, 'Kohn's War'

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    Just so long as its not a captured P-38 infilitrating the bomber stream!