A Letter Home: A Cincinnati Co-op Killed in Action

One-time Cincinnati

co-op

Lt. Wesley Nelson, a navigator on a B-29 bomber, was killed in Italy.  His commanding officer sent the following letter to Nelson’s wife, Beth:

“They lost an engine while taking off…There was nothing left to do then but set the plane down in the field ahead.  Wes went to the nose and tried to salvo the bomb load before they hit.  Beth, it was a heroic thing for him to do and something you can always be proud of….The following day, April 11th, George Matsen and I attended the funeral…Wes was laid to rest in a military cemetery in southern Italy....Wes died a hero – attempting to save his crew…He loved you very much, of that we are all certain.”

Return to main page of "Co-op Special Report."
Return to main page of excerpts from The Ivory Tower and The Smokestack.

Related Stories

1

Your chances of a migraine increase with hotter temperatures

June 21, 2024

Vincent Martin, MD, professor in the UC College of Medicine, spoke with Cincinnati's Fox 19 about his latest research on migraines and hotter temperatures. His findings were reported by CBS News and the Miami Herald and internationally in publications such as Venezuela’s Noticias Venevision and Indonesia’s Suara Merdeka.

Debug Query for this