B-17

Chuck Childs Recalls Days In B-17 Bomber

Jun 19, 2015
Photo by Jim Kent

Chuck Childs was a flying instructor for the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII (September 1, 1939 to September 2, 1945) before he began flying B-17 bombers over Europe. He flew 37 combat missions against Germany and, miraculously, survived them all without serious injury.

Photo by Jim Kent

It’s not unusual for anyone to be able to take a step back in time through music, films photographs or visits with friends or family members. It is unusual for someone to get a chance to actually revisit their past through a tactile experience that can almost duplicate events in their life from decades ago. But that’s just what happened when we joined a former World War Two pilot to take a ride on one of the most powerful planes ever built.

WWII Pilot Flies In B-17 One More Time

Jun 18, 2015
Photo by Jim Kent

It’s not often that someone gets the chance to actually revisit their past through a tactile experience that can almost duplicate events in their life. But that’s just what happened when we joined a former World War Two pilot to take a ride on one of the most powerful planes ever built.