WWII POW Rides In B-17 Bomber After Being Shot Down In 1943

Reported by: Ellen Bryan
Set Text Size SmallSet Text Size MediumSet Text Size LargeSet Text Size X-Large
Share
Updated: 7/19/2013 12:07 am

A World War II Prisoner of War hadn’t been on a B-17 Bomber since he was shot down in 1943, but Thursday had the chance to fly in one again at the Bluegrass Airport in Lexington.

Paul Sears was a crew member on a B-17 flying over Germany when it was hit on October 8, 1943.

Sears parachuted to the ground, where he was captured and became a POW for 19 months.

Thursday, he climbed back into a B-17 for the first time since that fateful day.

Sears said the biggest difference today compared to 1943 was the fact that nobody was shooting at the B-17. He called it a pleasure ride.

“I can't move through the B-17 as well as I used to,” Sears said. “But it's still a thrill to see inside of one... and it brings back a lot of memories.”

The B-17 is available for rides through Sunday at the Aviation Museum of Kentucky. For more information, click here.

Share
1 Comment(s)
Comments: Show | Hide

Here are the most recent story comments.View All

SS Cmmdr Raus - 7/19/2013 11:46 AM
0 Votes
The B-17 is probably the biggest part of the war being won against the Nazi's. And the B-24 later joining into that. Glad this gentlemen got a ride for pleasure. I love WW2, mostly from the SS side but the 8th USAAF was maybe the greatest organization of War ever formed. Well behind the Roman Legions of course.
Most Popular
Update: Man Killed In Motorcycle Crash In Clark Co.
A Powell county man was killed on Tuesday night in a motorcycle crash on the Mt. Parkway in Clark county. Video Video
Kentucky business unspooled as feds closed in
Louis Joseph Brothers used sales of military-grade electronics to Hong Kong to boost the revenue for his business, then resigned from the company he founded when federal investigators started questioning the sales and the company fell apart.
Ky. man sentenced to life without parole
A southern Kentucky man who pleaded guilty to murder, fetal homicide and other charges involving the stabbing death of a pregnant woman has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.
Jerry And Jack Cassidy Accused Of Indecent And Immoral Acts
New charges were filed against twin brothers in jail in Lexington for child pornography. On Tuesday, the two each had additional charges of indecent and immoral practices. Video Video
Insurance Companies Blacklisted Dog Breeds
You may love your dog, but some insurance companies don't, according to a list of "Blacklisted Breeds" in the industry.
Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.
   

WTVQ.com supports children's privacy rights. All persons under the age of 13 MUST have parental permission to use this website and direct parental supervision is strongly recommended.