“When I pulled [the airplane] away from the flight commander, I didn’t want to be right in there. I pulled away a little bit, and [the navigator] said, ‘Don’t move, drop down,’ and I dropped down, and I broke out of the bottom. [The navigator] said, ‘Hit the green light,’ and I hit the green light and let ’em out. And those 20 guys went out of that airplane in about 12 seconds. And then when [the crew chief and the intelligence officer] got [all the shrouds] in, then I firewalled my engines and hit the deck. And that’s when my copilot said, ‘Dave, you better lift your right wing, or you’re gonna take the steeple off the church!’” That was the church at Sainte-Mère-Église.