Al Marsh

B-17 on its way back

July 1, 2008 by Alton K. Marsh, Senior Editor, AOPA Pilot

Photo of the Liberty Belle by Alton K. Marsh

The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress known as “Liberty Belle” has finished its tour of England to honor American fighting men and is on its back back across the Atlantic. Click on the map on the right side of the Liberty Foundation Web site page to track its return.  ( http://www.libertyfoundation.org/ ).

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3 Responses to “B-17 on its way back”

  1. JIM BORDYCOTT Says:

    AL,

    THIS IS A FANTASTIC STORY OF A GREAT AIRPLANE AND HOW IT CONTINUES TO INSPIRE THOSE OF US INTERESTED IN AVIATION HISTORY – THANKS FOR MAKING THIS PUBLIC.
    HOWEVER IN THE INTEREST OF ACCURACY YOU MIGHT CHECK THE NUMBER OF OUR AMERICAN SOLDIERS AND AIRMEN BURIED IN THE CEMETERY SCHEDULED FOR THE MEMORIAL FLYOVER – I DON’T THINK IT IS 300,000. i THINK THAT MIGHT BE A TYPO – MORE LIKE 3000. I HAVE A PERSONAL INTEREST IN THESE CEMETERIES – MY FATHER IS BURIED IN NORMANDY IN THE BRITISH CEMETERY IN BAYEUX.- WHICH IS NOT FAR FROM THE AMERICAN CEMETERY ABOVE POINT DU HOC.
    THANKS AGAIN FOR THIS ARTICLE.
    JIM BORDYCOTT

  2. Ray Fowler Says:

    I had the priveledge of being in the pilot seat of the Liberty Belle for the crossing and we are currently in London for alittle R&R. Tomorrow, (Monday 8th) we will be flying from Biggin Hill back into Duxford to be in position for Tuesday’s media day and a flyover of the Cambridge American Cemetery. On Wednesday, we will be flying over four former WWII bases: Lavenham, Thorpe Abbotts, Horam and Framinglinham. Of course, Framinlingham was the original base of the real Liberty Belle and base of the 390th. During the weekend of the 12-13, we will be displayed at the Flying Legends Airshow in Duxford. It has been an incredible adventure so far!

    Thank you Mr. Marsh for tracking our progress and to AOPA! We will be headed back across the pond for the US around the 15th, so we hope that everyone continues to watch our progress live via Flight Explorer on the Liberty Foundation website. We owe you another ride in the Liberty Belle (and yes Al, I remember your visit during Paul Tibbits 90th Birthday with us in 1995)

    Also, you are right Mr. Bordycott, the number buried at the Cambridge American Cemetery is 3812, so just under 4,000. However, a 300,000 misprint may have been caused from some of our material, as I had heard that number mentioned before. We will be flying over the cemetery on Tuesday, which should be a highlight of our entire visit in honor of people like your father and all of our veterans.

    Thanks to everyone for the support!
    Ray Fowler
    rfowler@libertyfoundation.org

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