Famed World War II Bomber In Richmond, Gives Veteran Crewman A Ride
One of World War II’s most celebrated airplanes is visiting Richmond this week, and as WCVE Public Radio’s Charles Fishburne reports, it is a flying history lesson about a critical time for our country.
One of the last B-17’s still flying rumbled over fields and farms in Hanover and landed at the municipal airport yesterday (9/9). It was the B-17 bomber that first brought the war to Hitler’s Germany, taking off from bases in England and flying deep into German territory, dropping its bombs and making its way home, usually shot full of holes.
One of the spectators watching the restored plane land was 93-year old Donald "Spec" Campen, who flew 13 of those missions as a bombardier.
The plane belongs to the Liberty Foundation and goes around the country as sort of a flying history lesson. It will be at Hanover Airport all week, with free tours, and a paid flight Saturday (9/14). You can learn more at Libertyfoundation.org.