Sgt. John Spatharos’ bomber called ‘Steak & Eggs’ crashed in Coral Sea in WW II

This week’s story comes from War Tales, a site created by Don Moore. He has gathered stories from local veterans over the years and has been adding them for anyone to read.

Since we concentrate on certain Fifth Air Force bomb groups, we had to share this interesting story about a 3rd Bomb Group crew’s experience with the notoriously bad New Guinea weather.

War Tales

 Muggie and John Spatharos are shown in their wedding photo. They were married on Pearl Harbor Day, Dec. 7, 1944, a week after he was discharged from the Air Force after serving in New Guinea during World War II. Photo provided Muggie and John Spatharos are shown in their wedding photo. They were married on Pearl Harbor Day, Dec. 7, 1944, a week after he was discharged from the Air Force after serving in New Guinea during World War II. Photo provided

When Sgt. John Spatharos of Tangerine Woods, Englewood, Fla. climbed aboard an A-20, twin-engine attack bomber dubbed “Steak and Eggs” at Kila Airstrip on the island of New Guinea during World War II he had no idea what fate had in store for him.

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