"I became good friends with Banks. Mostly because he was one year older and I took care of his air plane. And when he found some, he would bring me a fifth of whiskey. Not that I needed it, but because we were trying to act grown up."
"Lieutenant Banks was a big kid, liked to smile and tease. I would put gum and candy in the cockpit for him when he went out on a long haul, sometimes 9 hours or 10. That's a long time to be over the water and no recognizable things. All those pilots were in a rough theater."
"I was flight leader on a flight where we went through and strafed, well, we went in over North Head and then over the main camp area, came out over South Head [Kiska Island]. And my number four man got hit as we came out, Livesay was his name, Spider Livesay, and he was on fire and feathered his engine and it looked like the fire went out. But, his wing man, John Geddes ... flew up under him and told him, 'Spider, you're on fire, head for the nearest island,' which was, I think, it was Rat Island, he was closest to that."
Lyle A. Bean, pilot, 54th Fighter Squadron, 1942-1943