My Father, the B-24 Captain, and His Crew

On this Memorial Day, I find my thoughts turning to memories of my father, Jack W. Hudson.

He served during World War II as the captain of a “Liberator,” the B-24 heavy bomber.  Here he is with his crew (top right) — all of whom came back to the US alive.

He only told me about his war experiences the year he died — and only because I insisted.  I’ve got those memories on tape, and they are harrowing.  I’m told that only about 1/2 of the men and women who flew these missions over Europe, out of Italy, survived.  

Orthodox. Faithful. Free.

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It’s an important day, and we honor men like my father by remembering them, as they honored us by risking, and often giving, their lives for us and our country.


  • Deal W. Hudson

    Deal W. Hudson is ​publisher and editor of The Christian Review and the host of “Church and Culture,” a weekly two-hour radio show on the Ave Maria Radio Network.​ He is the former publisher and editor of Crisis Magazine.

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