THE ILLUSIVE BATTLEFIELD
By Robert J. Kilby, Jr.
September 6, 1997
A prelude to the painting "452 BG Return to Deopham Green" by Artist John Gribbin.
Dedicated to the fond memory of TSGT Gordon McL. Gibson who was killed on his thirtieth mission while flying with the Four Hundred Fifty Second BG of the Eighth Air Force.
Search if you must, never will find
No marker or border of any kind
To say that here they fought and clashed
Some died some lived and others crashed
The mighty angry timpani of air war thunder
Now scattered by the wind and blown asunder
Never littered with twisted men or planes
No flyers buried among flowered lanes
No place to sit and sadly contemplate
Why you are here, no need to wait
For friend or foe there's none to blame
To a shifting sky that's never the same
Build not your monument of steel or stone
To memorialize the heroes of flesh and bone
For like the swirling battle din and roar
Is now the wild sky where eagles soar
As long as a flyer of the fight lives on
In the mind of man it will never be gone
----- Jim Davis
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