Veteran reunited with plane from World War II

Veteran reunited with plane at Vienna air show

VIENNA, Ohio (WKBN) – It was a special day Friday at the Air Reserve Station in Vienna for a World War II veteran from Cortland.

Thomas Brooks, 93, got the opportunity to be reunited with a plane he was responsible for during the war.

A preview of the Thunder over the Valley was held Friday and Brooks was there to see the show. The same B-17 bomber, also known as the Flying Fortress, that he worked on during his military service is on display at the show.

Brooks served in World War II as a flight engineer while he was stationed in Hobbs, New Mexico. It was during that time he was put in charge of the bomber.

“Brings back a lot of memories, I tell you,” said Brooks. “I didn’t know where the plane was going, and I was lucky it went to a training base in Hobbs, New Mexico where we were training pilots for overseas.”

There are only 13 of the B-17 Bombers still in operation.

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