and Loretta Drake
(Co E), undated photo.
(Co B) He was only in the 508th one month when he was severely wounded in
Holland and evacuated.
Leslie A. Droge
(Service Co) was transferred to the 541st before the
508th shipped to the ETO but attended many 508th reunions.
(Hq 1st) a late arrival joining the company in
drove this car in the '50s at Arlington Speedway, a quarter-mile
dirt track. "Duke" Dushensky (right) with Jimmy Camillaccio, one of the
[PICTURE THE PAST, Poughkeepsie Journal (Poughkeepsie,
NY), 26 Aug 2012, Sunday, Page G1]
Duke's car was a 1947 Hudson Hornet Coupe, very popular as stock
racers in those days.
The Hornet dominated stock car racing in the early-1950s. Its
308 cu in (5.0 L) six-cylinder engine produced high torque at low RPMs
and could beat V-8s from other makes whose power advantage came only at
much higher RPMs. There was no room on a quarter-mile race track with
short straight-aways to get the V8 RPMs that high.