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 - 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 - 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 - 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.
Timeless Voices - Thomas Griffin
Thomas Griffin (1916-2013) was a B-25 navigator on the #9 plane of the Doolittle Raid attack on Japan in April 1942. After the raid he was assigned to B-26s with the 319th Bomb Group in N. Africa, where he was shot down and spent 22 months as a POW.
Timeless Voices - Clarence "Clancy" Hess
Clancy Hess had his first flight lesson with air racer Johnny Livingston in 1930. He was a charter member of AOPA in 1939, flew dive bombers as a Marine aviator during World War Two, and had a 32-year flying career with American Airlines.