Flight of WWII Heroes


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The Freedom Heritage Museum and Collings Foundation are working side by side to honor four WWII Veterans from Evansville, Indiana and Owensboro, Kentucky with a very special flight in two very rare WWII aircraft on Friday, August 2, 2013.

Captain Walter Sutton, Squadron B-24 Bombardier, 2nd Lieutenant Maurice Boultinghouse, B-17 Co-pilot, Master Sergeant Lloyd Hadley, B-24 Flight Chief and Captain Raymond Schureck, P-47 fighter pilot, will join the Wings of Freedom tour – flying one last mission. They will fly 200 miles cross-country in the B-17 Flying Fortress and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers (the same type aircraft they flew in combat some 70 years ago) and land in Evansville, Indiana at approximately 2:00 pm CT (19:00 Zulu) on August 2, 2013.

In addition, Judy Morton, whose family operated Hoosier Cardinal, will be on board the flight to represent the Evansville companies and workers that produced over 300 items to support the war effort during WWII. Hoosier Cardinal produced the mobile gun turret domes for the B-17 and B-24 bombers and earned five Army-Navy Productivity “E” Awards during WWII. Less than 4% of all the U.S. manufacturers producing war materials received an “E” Award.

This is a rare event that follows the history of these WWII Veterans and their home front supporters from their service some 70 years ago to current emotional reflections on this time of sacrifice, honor and perseverance.

The general public is encouraged to come out to welcome and cheer our own WWII heroes as they complete their last mission. The veterans will be available for interviews with the media. A story worth covering – interviews like this are few and far between.

DATE: Friday, August 2, 2013

TIME: 1:30-2:00 pm (call Tri-State Aero at 812-426-1221 after 12 pm for exact time of arrival)

PLACE: Tri-State Aero ramp, Evansville Regional Airport