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Unformatted text preview: Bombardier Yossarian arrives on Pianosa early in 1944. That spring, he performs a feat that might be considered heroic; he lives to regret it. The squadron has been trying to destroy a bridge at Ferrara for a week without success. On yet another raid, Yossarian is unable to release his bombs on the first run. He orders his flight to take a second pass at the target. This time, he succeeds in knocking out the bridge; but a young airman named Kraft is killed. Kraft's death haunts Yossarian despite the fact that Colonel Cathcart decides to promote Yossarian to Captain and award him the Distinguished Flying Cross. Yossarian has had enough of heroics. In the raids on Bologna and Avignon (in late June and July 1944), Yossarian has no interest in medals. Nor is he devoted to the cause. He just wants to stay alive. When the first Bologna mission is announced, Yossarian manages to get it canceled by moving the red satin ribbon on the easel map in the intelligence tent. This ribbon is the bomb line, indicating the farthest advance of Allied map in the intelligence tent....
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This note was uploaded on 12/05/2011 for the course ENGLISH 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '11 term at Texas State.
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