Brigadier General Frank Savage was Commander of the 918th Bomb Group, 1st Bombardment Wing (Heavy), VIII Bomber Command, 8th Air Force.
He was a handsome man, six foot tall and well built with light brown hair and piercing blue eyes. At thirty-seven, he was young for a General Officer, but promotions tended to come fast in wartime, especially if you were any good at what you did -- and Savage was very good.
Of course, it also didn't hurt to have the help of a mentor. Savage's mentor, and long time friend, was Major General Wiley Crowe. Though Savage rarely needed it, Crowe had helped him when he could throughout his career, and earlier this year had a hand in getting Savage his star and command of the 918th.
It was a toss-up, however, as to whether this was a career opportunity, or a career ender. He was a brigadier general in a colonel's billet, sent to 'fix' a broken Group which had poor bombing accuracy, lacked air discipline, had a higher than average loss rate, and had no unit pride.
Savage knew it was going to be a real challenge, but in the short time he had been in command, he had turned all that around, and the 918th now was a top notch Group, the best in the Wing, maybe even in 8th Air Force.