Although the war correspondents were frustrated at having been left in London, those who did not get a place to cover the North African campaign could at least report on the air war. American reporters had been pressing the Royal Air Force (RAF) for almost two years for the chance to accompany a bombing mission, when at the start of 1943 British commanders finally relented. James MacDonald of the New York Times was the first correspondent to go on a bombing mission to Germany, and his tale of the destruction the RAF had inflicted on Berlin sparked the US Eighth Air Force into action. In February 1943, the Eighth trained a group of prominent reporters, including Homer Bigart, Walter Cronkite, and Robert Post, who became known as the Writing Sixty-Ninth. Unfortunately, their one and only mission ended in disaster when Post was killed. Soon after, the Writing Sixty-Ninth was disbanded.
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