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Historic B-17 Bomber Makes Stop in Sioux City

SIOUX CITY, IA - People were busy at work this morning prepping an old plane for a special guest.

Native Iowan and WWII Veteran Paul Gambaiana was in Sioux City earlier today at the Mid America Museum of Aviation and Transportation to visit an old B-17 bomber.

"It brings back a lot of old memories, not all of them good--memories that have been lost over the last 70-years," said Gambaiana.

The B-17 bomber on display was used during World War II which means it's pretty old. And I bet you're probably wondering, "Does she still fly?"

The answer to that question is yes.

Gambaiana took part in missions during the war that used this very type of plane, and 30-percent of those soldiers never got to say mission accomplished.

"We lost a couple engines and had some oil leaks. So we were going down," said Gambaiana.

After being shot down and surviving the crash, those soldiers landed in Switzerland before eventually being captured by the Nazis and held in a concentration camp for several months.

It's stories like these that make volunteering for the Experimental Aircraft Association worth it for volunteers.

"The chance to work with this plane and keep this history alive is marvelous. I have met vets who flew with these planes when they were kids in WWII," said Tour Coordinator Mary Dominika.

It was a special day for Gambaiana a chance to relive those lost memories.

"Haha. It was great. For a while anyway," he said.

As we lose more and more World War II veterans everyday, the memory of America's greatest generation lives on.

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