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Austin WWII veteran shares experience flying B-17 bomber


ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- As many World War II veterans continue to age, fewer are around to share their stories. But at the Rochester International Airport Wednesday, one veteran from Austin is sharing his experiences from the days when he used to fly B-17 bombers.

Although Donald is now 96-years-old, he can still vividly recall the time he spent in Europe fighting during World War II.

As a pilot in the Air Force, the First Lieutenant flew more than 25 missions across Europe.

The veteran spoke to visitors about what it was like flying over Germany.

"Oh it's great, I'll tell ya," Donald said. "I never had any trouble with them at all mechanically or anything like that. They were tuned up to the ends before we took them out."

After the war, Donald completed college at the University of Iowa and then returned to Minnesota where he worked for Hormel Foods. It was there that he met his wife, got married and they later had a son.

Although Donald said he misses flying, he would not attempt to fly a B-17 today.

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