The "Memphis Belle," a replica World War II B-17 bomber flew over Tampa Bay today, carrying a bombardier who served aboard a similar craft for 28 missions over war-torn Germany.
"I couldn't control myself. I was on the plane and tears came to my eyes. I was thinking of all the men we lost," said William Yepes, after a ride in his familiar station in the nose of the plane.
The non-profit group The Liberty Foundation ran the flight. Pilot John Shuttleworth said that over 23,000 airmen were killed aboard the iconic "Flying Fortress" bombers.