Honor Flight over Louisville honors WWII veterans
A local honor flight reunites vets with a plane that took them in and out of war.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- There was so much about Friday at Bowman Field that seems like a reunion for Jack Tolliver.
Pictures, family, even some old friends.
One of the oldest and strongest bonds he's ever had came in with a deafening roar.
"I've been in a lot of airplanes," said Tolliver, a World War II veteran.
"I lead 13 out of 14 bomber missions as lead bombardier," he said.
His missions were in planes similar to a B-25. The aircraft took him into what was then a dangerous Berlin.
"They were the lead squadron. They were the ones that went in first," said Jack Tolliver's son, Jim.
"We were shot up pretty bad on the last mission. We never flew again," Jack said.
Jack Tolliver made it through, and at the age of 92, he and several of his fellow vets are getting reacquainted with the propellers, gunners, and even the cockpit of a B-25.
The get-together wasn't just for looking. It was about taking this one-time high-flying vet back into the sky for an Honor Flight. This time, it was in friendly airspace over Louisville.
Probably because of what life has shown him, Jack Tolliver doesn't get too excited.
"He's a pretty humble guy," Jim Tolliver said.
But once back on the ground, even he couldn't hide what it meant to be able to do this.
"I feel like it's a nice compliment, and I'm happy to be here," Jack Tolliver said.
"When I hear that, I know we're doing a good job at saying 'thank you' for our country," added Doug Foster of Honor Flights Bluegrass
It's all thanks to a man who's sacrificed a lot, and lived to share the story decades later.
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