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World War II veteran takes to the skies in Boeing B-17

Roy Shenkel is a veteran of World War II, where he served as a waist gunner aboard a Boeing B-17.

Shenkel had not flown in a B-17 since April 6, 1944, when he was forced to eject from the plane as it was going down over Yugoslavia.

On Saturday, the 93-year-old Shawnee resident took to the skies again — this time aboard the Liberty Foundation’s B-17 Madras Maiden.

The foundation flew the plane into Wheeler Downtown Airport to get it ready for this weekend as part of its 2017 Salute to Veterans Tour.