COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – Two local veterans, who served in the U.S. Army Air Corps, were honored Friday with a flight in a B-17 bomber.
It was similar to what they flew dozens of times during World War II.
Bob Shroats, a 92-year-old Marion veteran, was an engineer on 30 successful bombing missions over Germany and Europe. He joined Carl Lambert, 91-years-old, from Gahanna, a World War II radio operator, who completed 35 bombing runs during World War II. Both men flew missions during D-Day, on June 6, 1944, as the cloud ceiling lifted briefly, giving Allies the necessary element of surprise.
The completely restored B-17, Yankee Lady, landed at Rickenbacker International Airport Fridayafternoon from the Yankee Air Museum in Ypsilanti, Michigan. The aircraft will be on the display through Saturday, with several additional flights planned.
The bomber was dubbed the Flying Fortress because it could sustain enemy fire, fly in formations, and carry a heavy load of munitions.