87 year old hero flies in B-17 first time in 67 years since he was shot down.

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  1. gwartney

    gwartney Unafilliated Gold

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    http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2012/03/30/world-war-ii-hero-reunites-with-b-17-bomber/ :salute:

    Most reunion stories involve long-lost friends or family members, but this one is about a man and his airplane. The last time that C.B. Perdue was close to a B-17 bomber, he was bailing out of one from 20,000 feet over northern Germany during World War II. But now, 67 years later, he is airborne again in his beloved plane.

    “Looks familiar,†he said. “Sure does.â€

    Climbing on board the Collings Foundation B-17, nicknamed the 909, Perdue is instantly transported to April 7, 1945. That day, he was just 20 years old and flying on his 25th military mission. “We were on a mission to bomb an airfield north of Hamburg, in a little town called Kaltenkirchen,†he recalled. “I was in the nose of the airplane, flying in place of the bombardier.â€

    All of the gun turrets were manned during what was supposed to be a milk run — an easy mission — but out of nowhere, a German fighter attacked the plane. “He came up to the rear of us and shot the tail of the B-17 off, scored a direct hit on the tail,†Perdue said. In a matter of seconds, that milk run became a run for their lives.

    Through an escape hatch, Perdue and four others on the nine-person crew managed to get out. That hatch is the only thing that allowed Perdue to survive. “This is where,†Perdue started, tearing up while looking over the plane, “I jumped out.â€

    Perdue still has the jacket that he was wearing when he bailed out in 1945. The letters “USA†are handwritten on the front — scribbled by a German soldier to identify Perdue as a prisoner of war. After his capture, Perdue was taken to Hamburg for interrogation, then to Stalag 1 in Barth, where he was held until liberation.

    That was the last time that Perdue flew a B-17 — until now.

    For the first time since his bailout, the 87-year-old American war hero roared skyward in a B-17, traveling from Dallas Love Field to Waco. That gave him just enough time to man the nose turret once again, share stories with his great-grandsons and reflect on a proud service to his country — which included a number of medals, including the Purple Heart. It was a plane ride 67 years in the making. “It means a lot to me,†Perdue said. “In a way, it saved my life. Even though we got shot down, I got back.â€

    “After flying 25 of those missions, Perdue said, wiping away tears, “I made it home.â€
     
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    Pow less than a month....:
     
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    That's cool. My dad was a B-17 pilot in '43 and '44. I'd love to ride in one, but it's very expensive. When I was in Dallas a few years ago, there was an airshow at Love Field, and a B-17 flew right over me on the tollway, and it sounded really cool.
     
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    So many great stories like that. There aren't that many WWII vets around anymore.
     
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    Saw that on Quaaludes when it was in the theater. Very fun :)
     
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    I had the great honor of flying in the Fuddy Duddy in 1988...at an airshow in Geneseo, NY,

    It was one of the highlights of my life...

    My dad was in the USAAF, too. He was a weatherman/spotter who flew in Piper Cubs, all over the South Pacific...
     
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    I am jealous of that ride, but not of being in the Pacific Theater.
     
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    When men were men. Not castrated by our faggit liberal society now-a-days. I teared-up. Tip o' the hat for one of the Greatest Generation.
     
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    Does anyone know how many WWII vets are still alive? They won't be around in the next 5-10 years. We need them all interviewed.
     
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    Spielberg did that with all the heebs that survived the war. :coffee:
     
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    The flying fortress is one of the sexiest machines I have seen. I have flown in one out here in San Diego they have a little airshow and a B-17 is there every year. For 400 bucks it flies around eastern San Diego for about 30 to 40 minutes. And the monstrous roar from the engines can be heard for miles. The particular plane I actually was a passenger on was called the "Sentimental Journey". To be a German, Italian or Japanese solider and hear the rumblings of a squadron of B-17's flying at 20,000 ft would have be shitting bricks. That is a lot of ordnance dropped off back then.

    Not from my actual flight

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    You trying to say my Marines are not men now? Cuz that's what you make sound like.
     
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    Not all were heebs
     
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    Nice. I loved going to airshows the day before, and watching them fly in.
     
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    BearShit BearShit + Tom Hardy = BFF

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    You aint really gonna be on tomorrow to join in on the festivities of the saloon for WM? Just stream that bitch and come chill then download the HD version an hour after it ends.

    Tried to get you a 2nd silver jew star. No dice but got you another yellow brick.
     
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    Don't be stupid.
     
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    I was just admiring your work in the Mini Cooper thread too.
     
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    You worded it that way not me. We still cool though. Some have some reps brah
     
  20. HAL

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    Thanks bro. Streams just don't do it for me. I need that quality. :bounce: