Thanks, Blakey. Talk about serious sacks on those boys. Damn. I saw the movie about this key event years ago but didn't remember much. It's hard to imagine what the stress must have been like. Well done, Mr. Stromsheim. You did your country and the world proud.
I am reading the new Manchester/Reid third volume of the biography of Churchill, another World War II hero. It quotes this passage from Macaulay's "Lays of ancient Rome", a favorite of Churchill, who loved to recite it from memory.
Then out spake brave Horatius,
The Captain of the gate:
"To every man upon this earth
Death cometh soon or late.
And how can man die better
Than facing fearful odds,
For the ashes of his fathers,
and the temples of his gods."
A great and very brave man he was. The raid was certainly important although
the Nazis were really not that close to producing a bomb. Hitler thought
it nonsense and so it wasn't funded or supported very seriously.