World War II veteran to fly in 'Sentimental Journey' over East Valley
Laurence Dennis sat at the radio controls of the B-17 Bomber "Sentimental Journey" at the Commemorative Air Force Museum Arizona Wing in Mesa last year, and on Saturday, he'll be flying on it.
Laurence Dennis standing outside the B-17 Bomber "Sentimental Journey" at the Commemorative Air Force Museum Arizona Wing at Falcon Field in Mesa.
Tech Sgt. Laurence Dennis pictured when he received his sergeant stripes and was awarded the first of two Purple Hearts after he was wounded on a bombing mission during World War II while sitting in the ball turret of a B-17 bomber.
Prisoner of War. The POW picture the Germans took of Laurence Dennis when he was captured in Norway about 10 days after his crew bailed out of their B-17 that was crippled by German planes on Nov. 16, 1943. “When the Germans captured you, they took your picture,” Dennis said. “If you escaped, they knew who they were looking for.”
Tech Sgt. Laurence Dennis donned in his flyer cap and bomber jacket preparing to go on one of 23 bombing missions during World War II.
Always patriotic: Laurence Dennis standing in front of the American flag. “The United States is the best country in the world,” he said.
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