A friend suggested (thanks Teri!) that my memoir needed more detail regarding the B-17 plane that my Dad served on in the service during World War II. Since the current revision of my manuscript pretty much already contains everything that I learned in discussions with my Dad to date, I’ve spent more time in the library to discover more details. I’ve poured over a number of reference books, and picked up enough knowledge to ask my Dad more questions. With a more educated knowledge of the subject, I’ve drawn out more of Dad’s memory about his experience with the B-17 as a tail gunner in the 3rd Air Force OTU at Drew Field in Florida.
When a friend alerted me that the good folks of the Liberty Foundation (http://www.libertyfoundation.org/index.html) would be in town with a restored B-17, I just had to extend my research beyond books, and see the “flying fortress” for myself. The non-profit group has restored a B-17F, and offers flights to the public, as well as ground tours.
Walking (or rather crawling) inside the famous plane was an amazing, but emotional experience. Equally wondrous today, as in World War II, the restored plane provided a fitting “moving” monument to the memories of a generation of airman who fought in the skies to defend our nation.
I’ve included a few pictures from my visit.