PUNTA GORDA — Cousins Marcus and Wayne, ages 7 and 6, peer up into the glass-enclosed, machine-gun turret of the B-25 “Mitchell” Medium Bomber, otherwise known as the “Killer B,” where their grandfather was stationed for much of World War II. Grandfather also had a nickname. He was part of the flight crew known collectively as the “Black Angels” — protectors of friendly fighter planes, punishers of enemy aircraft.
“Once the ‘Black Angels’ started up, none of our planes got shot down. He was a nose-gunner in this plane,” Walter Andalora, 74, of Punta Gorda, said of his brother-in-law. “When they got over the bomb-drop site, he held the button.”
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