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Published September 02, 2013, 09:27 PM

WWII B-17: Sentimental journey

Bismarck, ND (WDAY TV) - 89-year-old Andrew Schumacher was a ball turret gunner in WWII. He'd spend four to six hours on his back in this small space at the bottom of the plane. He survived 35 missions.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Bismarck, ND (WDAY TV) - Over the Labor Day weekend, you may have gotten the opportunity to visit a piece of history.

For one veteran in Bismarck, he got the opportunity to relive his past thanks to a visit by a WWII B-17 Bomber.

This boeing B-17 named Sentimental Journey is operated as a flying museum and veterans' memorial.

89-year-old Andrew Schumacher was a ball turret gunner in WWII. He'd spend four to six hours on his back in this small space at the bottom of the plane. He survived 35 missions.

It's been nearly 70 years since he's flown in a B-17.

Andrew Schumacher- WWII Veteran: "It'll be a memory I won't forget, I'm sure. I really enjoyed it. It's very nice. And I thank everybody that gave me the opportunity to fly."

The plane was donated to the Arizona Wing in 1978. It was restored to military specification and has been touring since the 1980s.

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