Corporal Lawrence, a mild-mannered desk clerk, stows away aboard a B-17 to try his hand as a gunner and actually turns out to have a good eye. Major Morse, the pilot and group commander when Savage isn't flying, is so impressed, he urges Lawrence to get accelerated training and become a full time crew member. To his dismay, Lawrence balks at the offer, and Morse subsequently learns that he was a conscientious objector before he enlisted. With a distinguished service record and a penchant for driving himself and his crews hard in battle, Morse is infuriated with Lawrence and pressures him to become a combatant. But Morse must also deal with the enormous pressure he has placed on himself as it starts to erode his judgment and cost the lives of more and more men. Written by
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With the series set in 1943, at the beginning Major Morse and Captain Wilson look at Corporal Lawrence's personnel file and mention his age as 21. Later, Lawrence tells General Savage that his father was killed in France on November 11, 1918 (the last day of World War I). Unless his mother had a 4-year pregnancy, Lawrence is lying about either his age or who his father was. See more