Timeless Voices - B-17 Ball Turret Gunner Combat Stories
This compilation of combat stories from B-17 ball turret gunners Fred Zurbuchen, Bob Strehlow, and June Paul Longley is in honor of the restoration of the ball turret on EAA's B-17G Flying Fortress 'Aluminum Overcast.'
In Bomber Aircraft
Timeless Voices - Leo Thorsness
Medal of Honor recipient Leo Thorsness was a USAF F-105 fighter pilot with the 357th Tactical Fighter Squadron during the Vietnam War. He was shot down on April 30, 1967 and spent six years as a POW in North Vietnam.
Timeless Voices - Joe Kittinger
Joe Kittinger is best known for the high-altitude balloon flights and record-setting parachute jumps that he made while heading the U.S. Air Force's "Project Manhigh" and "Project Excelsior" in the 1950s and 1960s.
Timeless Voices - Robert Tank
After washing out of pilot training, Robert Tank served as a B-17 bombardier with the 364th Bomb Squadron of the 305th Bomb Group, 8th Air Force during World War II. His plane was shot down on Nov. 26, 1943 and Robert became a POW at Stalag Luft 1.
Timeless Voices - Harold Olsen
Harold Olsen (1921-2009) was a B-17 copilot with the 95th Bomb Group of the 8th Air Force during World War II. His plane was shot down on his very first mission, March 16, 1944, and Harold become a POW in Stalag Luft III for the duration of the war.
Timeless Voices - Doug Holt
Doug Holt was only 19 years old when he went into combat flying B-17s with the 534th Bomb Squadron of the 381st Bomb Group, 8th Air Force during World War II. At only 5 feet 4 inches tall, he was also one of the shortest B-17 pilots of the war!
Timeless Voices - Scott Welch
Scott Welch flew B-17s with the 527th Bomb Squadron of the 379th Bomb Group, 8th Air Force during WWII. He flew 32 combat missions in the European Theater of Operations and finished his overseas tour flying cargo and wounded troops on C-47s.