Major R.G. Beavers, the
author of Legacy: Genesis of Aviation Greatness, after
his tour at Mather AFB, CA, where he taught 2,000 lieutenant
student navs their trade.
That tour of duty earned
him a Meritorious Service Medal.
Before they went to
fly in the SAC Bombing Competition finals, Beavers' crew
had their picture taken. As shows below, they look very focused
and preoccupied. They're thinking about the imminently upcoming
mission. Beavers is kneeling on front row on farthest left.
Since it's a bombing competition, it falls hardest on the
Bombardier, and that was Beavers.