22nd BOMB GROUP
DUCEMUS - We Lead!

OLD AIRMEN NEVER DIE

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OLD AIRMEN NEVER DIE
Written by Percival Arbogast, 2nd Squadron B-26 waist gunner

Old airmen, never, never die, they just fly away,
We're the 408th Reconners, The 2nd Thunderbirds,
The 19th Silver Fleeters, Red Dragon 33rds,
We're the 22nd Bombers, when they gave us the command.
We armed our 26's and flew to Aussie land,

We flew the sleek Marauders, the Mitchell 25s,
We manned the Liberators, the engines roared alive,
Remembered Pearl Harbor, and damned the Rising Sun,
We dropped our lethal cargo, and made the bastards run.


Lift your glass, hold it high,
to the echoes of the squadrons flying by
To the gallant 22nd, raiders from the sky,
Bombs away! We lead, we die.

We met the best of Nippon, in their fighting Zero planes,
'Mid bursts of fire, both friend and foe fell to their death in flames
We drilled on through the ack, ack, 'till the target came below,
After an eternity, it's "Bombs away, let's go."

We pause in silent tribute, to our comrades gone before,
To our dedicated ground crews, who listened for the roar,
Of planes returning homeward, eyes skyward and afraid,
Their aircraft didn't make it, through the fury of the raid.

Lift your glass, hold it high,
To the echoes of the squadrons flying by,
To the gallant 22nd, raiders from the sky,
Bombs away! We lead, we die.

Cy Klimesh
cyklim@klimesh.com

I am proud to have served with the Red Raiders


Squadron insignia from THE MARAUDERS, courtesy of Bob Crawford

Keep 'em Flying!