In 1943, Earl Baker, a gunner on a B-17 bomber, took part in the historic raid on a factory complex in Schweinfurt, Germany, a mission that resulted in heavy losses in U.S. planes and crew members. Baker, a Roanoke area resident, enjoyed a recent ride on a restored B-17, but many of the memories were not happy ones.
Aug. 18, 2011 The restored B-17 bomber prepares to take off from Leesburg's airport with veterans and journalists aboard. The restored bomber, owned by Experimental Aircraft Association, is on an annual tour and was scheduled to be on display in Leesburg through the weekend. Whitney Shefte/WASHINGTON POST Buy Photo