The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio


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Former B-25 crewman Robert Crouse and former pilot Paul Young talk about their World War II experiences during a reunion of the 57th Bomb Wing in front of a B-25 bomber in the U.S. Air Force Museum at Wright Patterson Air Force base in Dayton. Crouse, of Oak Ridge, Tenn., is 89 years old, but he remembers as if it happened yesterday the time a shell blew out the cockpit windshield ("you could stick your head through it"), disabling much of the control panel. Another plane escorted the bomber, its pilot calling out altitude and air speed as Crouse's plane limped back to base, riddled with holes.

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