“The times were full of certainty, ” [A.J.] Liebling later wrote. “I have seldom been so sure I was right since.” An AAF crewman who completed fifty bomber missions observed, “Never did I feel so much alive. Never did the earth and all of the surroundings look so bright and sharp.” A combat engineer mused, “What we did was something awfully damned good, something I don’t think we’ll ever have again as long as we live.”
Rick Atkinson, The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945, 640 (2013).