Historic B-17 And Hoosier Hero Mark 70th D-Day Anniversary

A Hoosier native who served in WWII and the plane he flew, came to Columbus Friday to teach people about the war efforts.

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Photo: Bill Shaw/ WFIU-WTIU News

Captian John Walter flew the B-17 in 35 successful missions.

Friday marked the 70th anniversary of D-Day, when allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy in what became the offensive that ended World War II.

A Hoosier native, Captain John Walter, who was in military training during that time and the plane he flew, came to Columbus Friday to teach people about the war efforts.

Walter enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1942. After flying a number of trainer airplanes, he became qualified to fly B-17 aircraft during WWII.

“It got me through 35 missions without getting wounded or anything,” Walter says.

Captain John Walters says the commemorative aircraft brings back many memories from D-Day seventy years ago.

“We all listened to the radio and saw what was going on. We knew victory was going to come our way,” he says.

The airplane will be available for viewing Saturday and if that doesn’t satisfy interests, residents can even fly in it for $425.

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