B-17 Bomber’s Visit Attracts 95-year-old Veteran
World War II veteran and former B-17 bomber radio operator Edwin Bell took his old seat at the radio console in the restored B-17 Bomber “Ye Olde Pub” as if he were riding in the family minivan on the way to a picnic in the park.
Bell would turn 96 in five days, but he has the energy and enthusiasm of a man 30 years younger. His flight logbook notes he last worked the radios during wartime in 1944 when he was in his early 20s. He was the guest of honor on the lovingly restored B-17 bomber at the Smyrna Airport on Sept. 14.