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WWII Ghosts Complete Their Mission

Updated on July 11, 2009

War creates more death than any other human activity; it also generates more ghost stories. Tales of ghostly winged aircraft are well documented, but few compare to the tale of the crew members of three WWII Douglas DB-7 Boston bombers who completed and signed their debriefing reports after they’d been shot down and killed.

After the fall of France, a squadron of British Boston’s were ordered out for a strike at German coastal defences. At the bomber base, an RAF air marshal was present to oversee the attack and secure vital intelligence on enemy positions from returning crews.

The air marshal waited, carefully calculating when the aircraft would be due back.

Eventually, at the hour he expected, he heard the sound of three, possibly four, sets of American-built engines approaching.

He heard the aircraft land.

He heard their engines shut down.

He heard vehicles driving up to the operations building, the opening and closing of doors and the sound of booted footsteps.

Finally, the crew of three Boston’s stood before the air marshal, their faces hiding the terror of what they had just been through.

Not wishing to waste anytime the air marshal had the crew fill out their debriefing reports, making sure they included their names, rank, serial numbers, time and date.

He then told them to go and have a well deserved drink.

When the air marshal’s aide entered shortly afterward, he had a great deal of trouble convincing the officer that the entire squadron had been shot down over their targets.

Intelligence confirmed the tragedy, but the air marshal had written reports from the pilots.

Later, it was confirmed all the crews of the bombers were killed. There were no prisoners, no survivors.

What’s particularly remarkable about this case is the written evidence.

People who die suddenly and violently commonly appear to the living. Often they appear to loved ones or people who are expecting them.

Some research suggests this is due to the dead not believing they are dead, and continuing as though still alive.

But when spirits find they have no impact on the world - unable to write or communicate - they usually begin to understand they have passed on.

Death, it seems, held no such disadvantages for these incredible men. They were going to complete their mission – and sign off on the paperwork just to make it official.


RAF Douglas DB-7 Boston bomber
RAF Douglas DB-7 Boston bomber

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  • outdoorsguy profile image

    outdoorsguy 7 years ago from Tenn

    great hub. Ive spent years collecting story's like this. thanks for putting this up for every one to see.

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    Nell Rose 7 years ago from England

    Hi, this is amazing. I have heard a similar story before, years ago, maybe it was this one. Is there any record to show the signed briefings still, I wonder. Thanks again. It is a quarter to two in the morning here, and i am scaring myself to bits, and I now have to go to bed. lol but I haven't finished reading yet! thanks again nell

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    Rob Welsh 8 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time.

    Nice one Mark.. Thank you for this story.. I wonder if the air marshall had died as well? Good hub. Take care.

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    Mark Halliday 8 years ago from Australia

    It is a great story - and the written evidence makes it even more compelling. Thanks for the kind comments :)

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    Joy At Home 8 years ago from United States

    What a beautiful story. Herein lies the real meaning of "sworn to duty". :-)

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    Ivorwen 8 years ago from Hither and Yonder

    How intriguing! I love that there is written evidence, that they did indeed return, and yet, they didn't. :)

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    Mark Halliday 8 years ago from Australia

    I'm sorry for your loss KCC. The fact that he still visits you even in your dreams must be comforting. I had a similar experience as yourself with my grandfather - but he has since appeared as a train guard - which was one of his jobs in life - which makes be believe he has found his way. I wish you and your son much peace and happiness. :)

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    Karen Curtis 8 years ago from Central Texas

    Interesting story! Although never in physical form, I very often had dreams about my deceased son where he asks me why we did or didn't do something where I my response was always "because you died" and he always looks at me incredulously and shrugs and walks away. He seem pretty convinced in my dreams that he has not died. My daughter has experienced the same thing about him. He died almost 6 yrs ago.