B-17 Lets Vet Relive History

Story by Josiah Wilson and Erin Wittkop, Defense Media Activity

Today is the 69th anniversary of the Invasion of Normandy, commonly referred to as “D-Day“. In remembrance of this event, I thought it would be fitting to share the story of one WWII veteran who recently returned to the cockpit of a fully restored Boeing B-17 “Flying Fortress,” to reminisce about his experiences as a U.S. Army captain assigned to the Mighty Eighth U.S. Army Air Force (USAAF).

The last time Bowers was in the cockpit of a B-17 was on June 6, 1944, as he flew over the beaches of Normandy, France, on D-Day. This time, the ride was a little sweeter as the 93-year-old vet took to the skies with his grandson and remember the men that he served with.


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