Saturday, 19 August 2017 18:00

World War II veteran reunites with a B-17 warplane Featured

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TRENTON - The B-17 warplane is wrapping up its tour in Maine this weekend and what better way to salute the craft than with a reunion with a World War II veteran. 

"I had seen thousands of them go overhead, I was in the Navy and I saw thousand of them go overhead in the Normandy of Asia," said Bill Quackenbush, a World War II veteran. 

 

Quackenbush of New Jersey is no stranger when it comes to looking at the engine of a B-17 warplane. In fact, he used to build them. While visiting his granddaughter in Bangor, she decided to surprise him by reuniting him with a piece of his past.

 

"It goes back in history, quite a ways in history," he said. 

 

Of course, this was back in 1943.

 

"This is something that these engines are still running after all this times," said Quackenbush, "They are not new engines, but they probably have been built over many many times."

 

At the age of 94, it's been some time since he's seen one up close.

 

"It's a good feeling my past," he said. 

 

While he's not building them anymore, the appreciation for the craftsmanship still impresses him.

 

"It makes me feel good to see someone restore something from the past and making it operate properly," he said. 

 

For this veteran, it's another memory of the service that he will cherish for the rest of his life.

Jack Hilton

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