Staff Sgt. Casimer A. Nastal of Detroit, Mich., was a waist gunner on the Memphis Belle. Here he’s flying “Virginia”.
On May 17th, 1943 the crew of the Memphis Belle were one of the first to complete 25 missions without being shot down. As heroes – congratulated by royalty, awarded Distinguished Flying Crosses, and immortalized on film – they were rewarded by crisscrossing America selling war bonds with Stuka, their Scottish terrier mascot.