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A Letter Home: A Cincinnati Co-op Killed in Action
Lt. Wesley Nelson, a navigator on a B-29 bomber, was killed in Italy. His commanding officer sent the following letter to Nelsons 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.