WWII vets reflect on B-17 Flying Fortress

MACON, Georgia (41 NBC/WMGT) – Nearly a dozen WWII Veterans reflected on their military service at the Museum of Aviation Friday afternoon.

       

The veterans participated in an arrival celebration for the historic “B-17 Flying Fortress.”


All of me why not take all of me can’t you see I’m no good without you,” sang Crawford Hicks.


That is the song Hicks says was playing on the radio while they were flying B-17 airplanes.


Hicks was shot down on May 30, 1944 during his 10th bombing mission over Germany. He became a prisoner of war (POW) until 1945. General Patton told the camp in Mooseburg, Germany they were free.


Parts of the plane are already on display. Many B-17’s came to the depot at Robins Field for maintenance, and many passed through Georgia on their way to the war in Europe.

  

“War time wasn’t much fun,” says Dr. Dan Callahan, who served as a medic during WWII. “It was all work and no play.”


B-17s were at Pearl Harbor and in every combat zone during World War II. The plane was designed to carry bombs over long distances and attack enemy targets to make it harder for them to keep fighting. Some veterans shared war stories about their time while serving our country.


“These are the men that inspired me and their stories inspired me to even think of joining the military,” says Robins Air Force Base Brigadier General Walter J. Lindsley. “We grew up on the John Wayne movies and those sorts of things just admiring the greatest generation and all that they did for the nation.”


Even though pieces of the plane have already arrived at the Museum of Aviation, they will need to be repaired. The museum curator, Mike Rowland, expects the final product to be ready in a few years.

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