Georgia Magazine - June 2018 - 5

FROM THE EDITOR
Remember what summer was
like when you were a kid? Your
time was your own, and having fun
was your only agenda.
Of course, being an adult
comes with its own benefits: You
can stay up as late as you like playing pinochle with your neighbors,
rent an RV and hit the road for
places unknown or even learn to
sky-dive. But when did you last
take the time to do anything like
that?
If your answer is "Well, I took
a day off last week" but all you did
was run errands, that doesn't count.
Whittling down your to-do list may
feel satisfying, but it rarely feels
like fun.
With that in mind, this issue
contains several suggestions for
ways to put more fun in your life
this summer as you explore what
our beautiful state has to offer.
The new kid on the block
in the "fun" category is Great
Wolf Lodge Georgia. This nearly
100,000-square-foot, indoor water
park opened in May, promising
entertainment for the whole family.
Read "Slide into summer all year
long!" on page 20 to see how Great
Wolf is making a big splash in
LaGrange.
Maybe your dream summer
includes time spent on the coast.
If so, turn to page 16 and find out
how you can get to know the endangered sea turtles on Georgia's
Golden Isles. Or, if you're feeling a
little more adventurous, check out
"Hanging 10 on Tybee," starting
on page 30, and join the island's
surf set!
No matter how you decide to
celebrate the season, here's hoping
you'll make fun your priority.
Summer's best days will be here-
and gone-before you know it.
Enjoy!

Laurel George
Editor
June 2018

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never knew Uncle
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uncle and the bonds
child, I felt his absenc
Laura Raines flew
of the Mighty
e. There were Eighth.
in a B-17
the sad, hushed
Flying Fortress in October.
tones in grown-up
voices and the high
Reading books about
school penthe "bombnant still flying in
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May 28 is Memori
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up dehood bedroom.
some time to honor
tails from the
those
who made
Nationa
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the ultimate sacrifice
My mom told me
Museum of the
for their country.
her
Mighty
older brother died
Eighth Air Force
in
in
World War II. Growin
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g
. I
up, I wasn't that
could imagine the
about the imposs
interterror
of
suddenly
iested, but when
ble flying condi- seeing a fighter plane coming straight
I inherited the locket
tions, the dangerous at you or flak exploding all around
he'd
.
given her from
I did feel a strong
objectives, the many
trainconnection
ing camp, I wanted
when the wheels
losses and their
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know more. I
valuable contrib
thunk-thunk sound
went
usearching for details.
tion during World must have meant safety, anothe
r mission notched and
James V. Goss (1921War II. Without
James V. Goss
rest-for a night,
their anyway.
44) learned to
It was a sound
taking out the Germa
fly close to
my uncle's
n crew never
home at the Rome
air force, or Luftwaf
heard on their 33rd
airport before
fe,
flight.
beenlisting in the
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forehand, D-Day
s tell me that 12,677
Army
would have Flying
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became a first lieuten Air Corps. He been a very differen
Fortresses were
t operation.
ant and navigamade during
tor with the U.S.
the war.
On Oct. 1 last year,
Eighth
my husband accordi Only about 10 are still flying,
flew with the 100th Air Force and made it possible
ng to the Liberty
for me to fly in
Bomb Group,
Foundation,
a so my flight
known as the "Blood
B-17 Flying Fortres
was a rare
s, like my uncle.
y Hundredth" for
its heavy losses.
Only, flying in the
experience. I'm gratefu and vanishing
In a letter, he fondly
Liberty Foundal
called my mom "old
tion's B-17G "Madra
glimpse of my uncle's to have had a
gal."
s Maiden" over
flying life, but
Chattanooga, Tenn.,
even more gratefu
She wasn't. She was
l and proud that
on a sunny day
17 when her wasn't
family received the
he, like
all that similar.
telegram that he
We flew at country so many others, answered his
was missing in action
1,500 feet, not the
's call.
20,000 or more
1944. In his last letter as of Nov. 10, they flew. The
Laura Raines lives
unpressurized, unhome, he wrote
in Mableton
that he'd completed
heated cabin wasn't
and is a member
of GreyStone Power
32 of his required
minus 10 to mi35 missions.
nus 70 degrees,
Corp. She frequen
as it often was
tly writes freelan
for articles for
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News of James'
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death came but
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written by co-pilo
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Clark Dickerman
It was too loud
to his mother from
to talk,
a but the pilot
German prisone
wasn't revving
r of war camp
and the engines
forwarded to the
with a squadron
Goss family. The
co- or loaded with
pilot had bailed
thousands of
out with the crew
near Wiesbaden,
gallons of fuel
and heavy
Germany, but James
had been killed
bombs for an eightby flak
to 10taken out three engine that also had hour mission. The
interior
s. Their mission
to bomb the
was cramped and
railroad marsha
dim, the
lling furnishings
yards had been
military
considered relative
ly But when I crawled -grade.
easy-a "milk run,"
in flying lingo.
through
the opening and
The crew made it
stepped
home after the
war. Three came
down into the
to my uncle's funeral
nose, the
in 1949. Whenever
world opened up
any of them passed
on three
through Rome, he
sides. Only a thin
visited my grandsheet of
parents. That tells
Plexiglas separat
me a lot about my
ed the
bombardier's seat
May 2018
and the This is
the view
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and I plan day trips with it. Keep up
the great work!
-Margaret Price, via email
Belated thanks for including my
photo in the March 2018 issue of
GEORGIA Magazine. [See Snapshot,
"Celebrate the Irish!" page 50; bit.ly/
irh317.] One more reason I enjoy
your magazine each month!
-Ellen Day, Walton EMC member,
Watkinsville

Another great bookstore
In the March 2018 issue, you left
out my favorite indy bookstore: A
Novel Experience in Zebulon. [See
"Real page-turners," page 34; bit.ly/
bkst318.]
-Sally Nealis, via email

Sharing memories of
World War II
I read with great interest the My
Georgia article by Laura Raines about
her uncle, James V. Goss, who was
killed during World War II. [See "In
search of the uncle I never knew,"
May 2018, page 35; bit.ly/myga518.]
It was such a very sad time, with so
many young men who gave their
lives for our freedom.
My husband, Crawford, now age
97, was one of the B-17 pilots who
was shot down as he was almost
home on his 10th mission. He and his
crew parachuted out of the burning
plane. The bombardier, Wilbur Kunz,
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was killed in the plane. This took
place in May 1944. They were on the
Belgian border, were captured immediately and spent 11 months as POWs,
some of that time in Stalag Luft III.
-Edna Hicks, Warner Robins
I'm a volunteer with the Liberty
Foundation. I was at the Chattanooga, Tenn., stop last October when
Laura Raines took her flight aboard
the B-17 "Madras Maiden."
I wasn't aware at the time that
her uncle had been a part of the
100th Bomb Group. I just wanted to
get in touch with her and make her
aware of the 100th Bomb Group
Foundation, 100thbg.com. This group
is extremely active and welcomes all
people who have a connection to the
original 100th as well as those of us
who are very interested in the history
of the group, even though we may
not have a direct family connection.
I've had the privilege of being
part of this group for the last year or
so and have been able to meet many
World War II veterans who flew these
missions as well as dozens and dozens of descendants of these veterans.
I even got to go to England last spring
and tour a number of World War II
bases, including Thorpe Abbotts, the
home of the 100th.
-Rodney Schneider, via email
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