Floyd Peede spent 30 years as an officer in the United States Air Force retiring in 1972 at the rank of Colonel. He flew combat as an aircraft commander in three wars. In World War II he flew 35 missions in a B-17 mostly over Germany. On his 29th mission his plane caught fire over Berlin and to avoid becoming a POW he flew eastward. The fire was extinguished and they let down over Poland breaking out at about 200 ft. They found a Russian forward base to land in Poland where they spent a little over a week with the Russian pilots. Over a period of a month they flew back to England to finish their35 missions before the war ended. In Strategic Air Command he flew B-50s and B-47s in the cold war and in the Vietnam war he flew A-26s mostly over Laos and on the Ho ChI'minh trail where he killed many trucks.
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December 20, 2005
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