Thursday, September 19, 2013
Nine O Nine
They had a B-17, a B-24 Liberator ("Witchcraft")and a sleek, silver P-51 Mustang ("Betty Jane") available to walk around and actually tour.
Pictured here is the B-17 Flying Fortress ("Nine O Nine"). This plane has a special connection to our family. My Uncle Leonard was a co-pilot on one of these in the 'Good War'. The walk inside was quite amazing. It looks pretty spacious from the outside, but the quarters inside were just so tight, not a lot of space to move around in, especially when you factor in the payload they carried. It was a bit of an eerie walk too. The backstory, that I have written about before, is that Uncle Leonard's plane was hit and went down with all the crew parachuting out. This was his last mission. At this point, our family story turns mysterious. The entire crew, except Uncle Leonard, were taken prisoners of war. There are various accounts of what happened to my uncle, aka Buster. All not good.
This is one of my connections to the "Greatest Generation".
Because many have asked: Wings of Freedom schedule-