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

WWII B-17 waist gunner flies again

Roy Shenkel, 93, of Kansas City, got to fly in a WWII B-17 for the first time since April of 1944, when he had to bail out over Yugoslavia after the aircraft was hit by enemy fire. He gave the experience two hearty thumbs up.
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Roy Shenkel, 93, of Kansas City, got to fly in a WWII B-17 for the first time since April of 1944, when he had to bail out over Yugoslavia after the aircraft was hit by enemy fire. He gave the experience two hearty thumbs up.

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.

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