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Welcome to the 13th Bomb Squadron Association Web Site, which as of this year, encompasses 100 years of Grim Reaper history.  This is the story of one of the ten oldest active duty squadrons in the United States Air Force.  The squadron, first constituted on June 14th 1917, shortly after the United States entered World War 1 in April of that year, has continued to be engaged in almost every major conflict since, including World War II, the Korean and Vietnam Wars, and the continuing Global War on Terrorism.
	Our association was established in 1984, by members of the 13th who were in the Korean War. This web site, however, contains information on all eras of the 13th Bomb Squadron.  Please contact any of us to learn more about the association or to offer material that might be appropriate to add to the historical content of the site.  Of special interest to many of you, will be just-added information about the active squadron's and association's joint 100th anniversary celebration at Whiteman AFB MO on June 14, 2017.
	We hope you enjoy your flight through the 13th web site, and will consider becoming a member. By joining, you will receive a Directory of Members, the award-winning Invader magazine, which is published three times a year, and have the opportunity to participate in our annual reunions, held around the country.  Our 2018 reunion will be in Savannah, Georgia. As a member, you can experience the squadron motto, Reaper Pride. CLICK HERE to learn about membership.
	Lastly, we thank all those who have contributed to this web site and we welcome your comments and story contributions as we continue to fine tune this tribute to an all-American squadron.

				Sincerely, and Reaper Pride,
				Robert R. (Bob) Koehne
High Flight
Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
   And danced the skies on laughter-silvered
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
     Of sun-split clouds-and done a hundred
You have not dreamed of-wheeled and
     soared and swung
      High in the sunlit silence.  Hov'ring there,
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
    My eager craft through footless halls of air.
Up, up the long delirious burning blue 
    I've topped the windswept heights with
      easy grace
Where never lark or even eagle flew.
    And, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
    Put out my hand, and touched the face of God. 
    John Gillespie Magee, Jr
Pilot Officer, RCAF 
An American Serving in the RCAF
Killed 11 December 1941

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