Here at JohnJacobH Blog we have followed the adventures of Harold Plunkett, WWII Ball Turret Gunner with great admiration.
We are glad to see he remains air worthy in this, his latest episode aboard the legendary B-17.
St. Louis, MO (KTVI-FOX2Now.com) – The ‘Liberty Belle’ B-17 is an icon of American history. It has taken fight in the skies over St. Louis. The B-17 is perhaps the most iconic aircraft of World War II. This weekend, St. Louisans will have the chance to get a close up look at one of only 14 still being flown today.
The planes were built toward the end of the war. This particular version of the Liberty Belle never saw combat but it does have a long history. In 1979 the midsection was crushed by a tornado. Eventually it was bought by the Liberty Foundation and restored so everyone could share in the history of this legendary plane.
More than 12,000 B-17s were built during the war. A staggering 4,700 of them went down in action.