In an interview, Roger Angell talks about both his writing career and editing for The New Yorker.
I first contributed fiction to the magazine in 1944, when I was in the Army. My first fact piece for The New Yorker, the following year, was about a Seventh Army Air Force bomber mission—I wasn’t on it, thank God—from Saipan to Iwo Jima, in which the plane, a B-24 bomber, was hit by flak and fighters. The guys on the plane were wounded, and the plane fell through the air eight hundred miles back to the Marianas, and broke in half on landing. Everybody survived. It was basically a story about eleven really terrified guys.