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Veteran flies again in war time bomber

's been 7 decades since the 89-year-old was on a military aircraft, a glider navigating through enemy fire in the German Rhineland. 's been 7 decades since the 89-year-old was on a military aircraft, a glider navigating through enemy fire in the German Rhineland.
CLARK COUNTY, IN (WAVE) - "I can't really find the words to express how much I'm appreciating being out here today, after all those years," World War II Veteran, Richard Seifert told WAVE 3 News.

It's been 7 decades since the 89-year-old was on a military aircraft, a glider navigating through enemy fire in the German Rhineland.

"All the lives that were lost in doing that,” Seifert said. “Guys were wounded, some killed."

On Sunday, Seifert knew he'd get a tour of the B-17 Bomber, the Memphis Belle. But he didn't know he'd be given one more mission.

"I said you are Richard Seifert,” Mike Jones of the Thoroughbred Chorus recalled telling him. “He said, 'Yeah.' I said, well they've got an order for you to fly on that plane."

“He just kind of stood there for a minute, kind of shocked, you know," Jones explained.

The Thoroughbred Chorus Seifert volunteers with raised the $400 to pay for his flight.

"They made an announcement that they had a reservation for a Richard Seifert,” the airborne infantryman said. “And I thought, wait a minute that doesn't sound right."

There would be one more surprise. Seifert would get to fly in the cockpit.

As the plane took off, his wife cheered him on.

"I think it's wonderful that he gets to go up,” Lola Seifert explained. “And if he had the opportunity, he'd probably jump out again," she said with a chuckle.  

Once back on the ground, Seifert was received with applause from the crowd.

"You're one of the greatest generations we've got,” one man told him. “Thank you for helping the world."

The flight became a reminder that the sacrifice he made 70 years ago is not forgotten.

Members of the Thoroughbred Chorus ended up raising more than the $400 needed for the flight.

They are donating the remaining funds to charities helping veterans.  


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