Your Opinion: Visit by B-17 evokes memories
Thursday, June 28, 2012
I would like to thank the local Experimental Aircraft Association for bringing the B-17 to Jefferson City last weekend.
Although I did not take the flight, it was a thrill to tour it, and to see the very seat my grandfather, Eugene Wiley, would have sat in as he piloted a B-17 during World War II.
Wiley became captain at the age of 22, and safely crash landed after being shot down by enemy forces.
After two years as a prisoner of war, his squadron was released, and here my family is today, thanks to his heroism.
Touring the bomber, I had a glimpse of just how terrifying it must have been up there, and the bravery of my grandfather and all our veterans of war.
He died several years ago after a long life, and this experience touring the B-17 gave me a special connection to him that I will never forget.