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The Wings of Freedom tour landed in Blair County, and men who flew those planes in war were there to see it.
MARTINSBURG, BLAIR COUNTY - The Wings of Freedom tour landed in Blair County, and men who flew those planes in war were there to see it.

The Blair County Airport was host to a living World War II museum this week. The Collings Foundation is a non-profit group that sends these bombers around the country trying to preserve World War II aviation history. And local residents took it to heart.

The "Witchcraft" is the only B24 still in the air, it flew a record 130 missions over Europe.
Bernard Harrington of Greensburg, PA was a pilot in a B24. He was shot down over Austria. He made it to Yugoslavia and a British operative helped get him back to his base in Italy.

The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress flies as "nine-o-nine". The B-17 and the B-24 flew thousands of wartime, bombing, and reconnaissance missions. They were the backbone of the daylight strategic bombing campaign of WWII.

Harry Barett of Altoona was a tailgunner in a B-17. He was shot down over France in 1942. He was one of 6 crewmembers who parachuted to safety. 4 of his crew didn't make it. He went on to fly missions with another crew for 2 more years.

Residents took the opportunity to learn everything they could from these veterans and their planes before it's too late. It's estimated as many as 1500 World War II vets are dying every day.

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