Pete Mullinax served as a B17 pilot in the 94th Bomb Group, 332 squadron, in the 8th Air Force. Pete and his crew were shot down on their 9th mission during the historic "Black Thursday" bombing raid on October 14, 1943, over Hitler's ball bearing factories in Schweinfurt. 60 B17's would be lost and over 594 would be MIA. Pete, who was injured by 20mm bullet blasts in his cock-pit would be taken prisoner of war and remain at Stalug Luft I until 1945. Remarkably, Pete would later write his memoir "Foes by Fate...Friends by Choice" chronicling the uniting of the Black Thursday veterans and Germany's Flkaenhelfers who shot down the planes on that fateful day back in 1943.