WWII veterans take one more flight

Wings of Freedom Tour comes to Jefferson City

Former WWII airman Wilburn Rowden, left, and Bob Buell look out the windows of a B-24 Liberator Monday as it flys over Jefferson City. The plane along with a North American P-51 Mustang and a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress will be hosting tours and rides of the historic aircraft until noon Wednesday.

Former WWII airman Wilburn Rowden, left, and Bob Buell look out the windows of a B-24 Liberator Monday as it flys over Jefferson City. The plane along with a North American P-51 Mustang and a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress will be hosting tours and rides of the historic aircraft until noon Wednesday. Photo by Stephen Brooks.

Bob Buell has not been on a World War II B-24 plane since the war — until Monday.

Buell, 88, was one of many veterans gathered at Jefferson City Memorial Airport on Monday to see the Wings of Freedom tour, and one of two veterans to take a flight. Buell and Wilburn Rowden, 88, flew over Jefferson City on a Consolidated B-24 Liberator, one of three WWII planes in the area through Wednesday as part of The Collings Foundation — Wings of Freedom Tour.

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