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Posted by 09RKC | Mar 04, 2013 @ 03:48 PM | 2,271 Views
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Posted by 09RKC | Feb 23, 2013 @ 10:15 PM | 2,263 Views
My father was a B-17 radio operator. That position coupled with photographer and a .50cal above his head. He flew out of Polebrook England from 1942-1944. 315st BG, 508th Squadron. My mother told me he returned to the States with an extreme stutter.

Clark Gable was across the way, also in the 351st. He flew next to Jimmy Stewart as well.

He died when I was 17 (1972). I'm sorry for that. I never got to know him beyond the authority figure. I'm sorry for that too. He was a hellofa guy. No nonsense, get the job done. Great provider but didn't have use for "deep" talk.

I see our elderly population as a history book! Almost all I talk to have fasinating stories they'll tell you once they realize you're truly interested. I like to think I could've gotten my father to open up, but surly would've respected his WWII demons.

I flew in the "Memphis Belle" movie B-17 in 2012. Got sick as a dog! Oh how I now appreciate what the crews went through. Even pre-sick it was not fun! They allowed us 5 minutes at each station. Those boys worked!

After first landing of my 79" '17, my instructor told me my father was standing beside me. I could've cried! I love my father. I build B-17s to honor him.