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Flying in a B-17

Flying in a B-17 was not something I had ever anticipated doing ... at least not at this point in my life. I'm a starving artist and, with regular tickets being over $400 for a 30 minute flight, that wasn't going to happen anytime soon! But a few weeks ago, I showed up at the museum for my internship and was offered a free flight on a B-17. WHAT?! My dad drove me out to MAPS Air Museum in Canton, OH then picked me up in at the Butler airport in Pennsylvania.

When we got there, I was offered to fly in either the B-24 or B-17, but I stuck with the B-17 because I interviewed a WWII veteran who was a waist gunner on a B-17. I'm really thankful I didn't change planes because the B-24 had mechanical issues and didn't end up flying out until the following day. 

Snippets of The Little Match Girl Retelling

I try to clear my head, but can still see the dead men across the street, their death replaying over and over in my mind like a newsreel. I see Romek’s face. His brown eyes that crinkled when he laughed. His smile that could light up even the darkest of days.


Let me see what we have.” I circled around the counter and over to the back wall where our bookshelves homed classic Polish writers. Mother wouldn’t have it any other way. “It’s just … well, most young men who frequent this store limit their search to cigarettes and the newspaper.”
“I like cigarettes and the newspaper just as well as the next man. But when you’re a student of literature, you’re apt to enjoy a good poem or two.”
There. Now I knew five things about him.