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World War II Ohio airman takes 'Sentimental Journey' on B-17
FOX NEWS ^ | 07/13/13 | FOX

Posted on 07/13/2013 5:06:58 AM PDT by Doogle

An Ohio World War II airman who was shot down and captured while flying aboard a B-17 over Europe made another trip on an identical vintage bomber Thursday.

Joseph Dreher, 88, flew 29 missions over Europe on a B-17 as a radio operator and waist gunner with the U.S. 8th Army Air Forces, The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported.

Dreher was taken prisoner after parachuting from his flak-damaged aircraft on his 29th and final mission -- an experience that did not deter him from returning to the skies once more.

The B-17 he flew aboard Thursday was the "Sentimental Journey," a bomber maintained by the Commemorative Air Force Arizona Wing Museum in Mesa, the newspaper reported.

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TOPICS: History; Military/Veterans; Society
KEYWORDS: b17; josephdreher; worldwareleven; worldwartwo

1 posted on 07/13/2013 5:06:58 AM PDT by Doogle
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To: Chode

ping....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eL-IEDY9ZQw


2 posted on 07/13/2013 5:08:18 AM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Doogle

Awesome.


3 posted on 07/13/2013 5:09:39 AM PDT by EternalVigilance (America's Party - 'We're partisans only for principle.' www.SelfGovernment.US)
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To: EternalVigilance

4 posted on 07/13/2013 5:12:57 AM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Doogle

there today, get out there and support them....

http://www.cleveshows.com/map%20Lost%20Nation%20Airport.htm


5 posted on 07/13/2013 5:14:15 AM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Doogle

6 posted on 07/13/2013 5:16:03 AM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Doogle

WOW.


7 posted on 07/13/2013 5:19:01 AM PDT by EternalVigilance (America's Party - 'We're partisans only for principle.' www.SelfGovernment.US)
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To: Doogle

How beautiful is that aircraft? Wow!


8 posted on 07/13/2013 5:19:02 AM PDT by animal172 (My new hero....Trey Gowdy)
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To: Doogle

Historians and fans of the technology may say there were better bombers in WWII, but for me, this one has all others beat on aesthetic grounds.

It’s just a purty piece of airplane.


9 posted on 07/13/2013 5:30:43 AM PDT by ExGeeEye (It's been over 90 days; time to start on 2014. Carpe GOP!)
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To: EternalVigilance

note: inside quarter cowling painted OD to cut down on glare


10 posted on 07/13/2013 5:31:25 AM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: ExGeeEye

..over 12,000 produced, only 39 survive today...

http://www.planesofthepast.com/b17-flying-fortress-surviving-aircraft.htm


11 posted on 07/13/2013 5:39:13 AM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: ExGeeEye
"It’s just a purty piece of airplane."

It also had a reputation for bringing its crews home, despite taking terrible damage.

12 posted on 07/13/2013 5:39:16 AM PDT by Flag_This (Real presidents don't bow.)
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To: Doogle

This was flying over our house a couple of weeks ago, but I never had the chance to take the kids to see it. The only day we had it rained. She was loud though!


13 posted on 07/13/2013 6:00:14 AM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: Flag_This
B-17 engines had tremendous reserve power. It could stay aloft with one engine operating.
14 posted on 07/13/2013 6:04:24 AM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: goodwithagun

The B-17 isn’t loud; it purrs. The exhaust from its four radials is muffled by turbochargers.


15 posted on 07/13/2013 6:05:27 AM PDT by Corey Ohlis (Visualize Swirled Peas)
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To: hinckley buzzard

This one made it back with its tail about to fall off. If I remember correctly, an ME-109 collided with the B-17.

16 posted on 07/13/2013 6:12:32 AM PDT by Flag_This (Real presidents don't bow.)
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To: hinckley buzzard

Just barely - only in “ground effect” and light-weight (low on fuel, no guns, no ammo).


17 posted on 07/13/2013 6:22:50 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: Corey Ohlis

Lol, sorry! She purred like a tiger then! The kids would get really excited when they would hear it coming. We were going to buy my dad and the kids a ride for Father’s Day, but then my parents had to cancel thier visit. They would have had a blast.


18 posted on 07/13/2013 6:23:48 AM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: Flag_This

19 posted on 07/13/2013 6:25:49 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: Doogle
good on him!!!
20 posted on 07/13/2013 6:33:39 AM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: ExGeeEye
Historians and fans of the technology may say there were better bombers in WWII, but for me, this one has all others beat on aesthetic grounds.

It’s just a purty piece of airplane.

The B24 was supposed to be better, it had a bigger pay load but a lower ceiling IIRC and it was very hard to fly, wore pilots out flying it. The B17 came home after sustaining tremendous damage, it was famous for that trait. To me WWII bombers mean the B17.

21 posted on 07/13/2013 6:37:30 AM PDT by calex59
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To: DuncanWaring

22 posted on 07/13/2013 6:41:01 AM PDT by Flag_This (Real presidents don't bow.)
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To: zot

World War II Ohio airman takes ‘Sentimental Journey’ on B-17


23 posted on 07/13/2013 7:12:07 AM PDT by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: Doogle

“A beautiful day and a lot of memories. And the nice thing is, they weren’t shooting at you.”

(((
I love this guy.

God bless him and all of the brave fighting men who have fought for our freedom.


24 posted on 07/13/2013 7:26:52 AM PDT by Bigg Red (Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved! -Ps80)
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To: Doogle
Many thanks for posting this, for it triggered a great Deja Vu moment.

Back in the mid-'90s I worked in Macon, GA, and one day there was a notice that a B-17 bomber was on a state-wide tour and was going to be on display at the airfield.

I've been a big fan of this aircraft for years and have watched just about every film/video on it, so it was a real treat to get a close up look.

I don't remember her being as bright, but the guys did a bang-up job (pun intended) in displaying her. They put those fake bullet hole decals on the nose and tail windows, which looked quite real.

We were allowed to go through the aircraft and I was amazed at how small she was - I felt like I was walking through a narrow culvert. Spent a good half hour talking with the pilot, who said they were leaving the next day. I ended up buying a T-shirt, which I treasure to this day:

The next day I was in a conference when I sensed/heard a familiar drone. I blurted out "That's a B-17!" and ran outside. The plant was near the airfield, so the plane was still pretty low as she took off. As she approached, I took off my ballcap and waved it around in salute. I was in my 60s then and will admit that I nearly wet myself when the pilot waggled his wings in response. I was on air the rest of the day, despite the odd looks from those when I re-entered the conference room.

25 posted on 07/13/2013 10:30:30 AM PDT by Oatka (This is America. Assimilate or evaporate.)
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To: GreyFriar

Thanks for the “Sentimental Journey” ping. I’m glad he got another ride. Beautiful restoration!


26 posted on 07/13/2013 1:05:39 PM PDT by zot
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