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WWII Veterans Discuss Their Service Days While Preparing To Fly Over D.C. For VE Day

May 13, 2015 By Archit Tripathi
On May 8, to mark the 70th anniversary of the Allied Victory in Europe during World War II, dozens of vintage aircrafts flew over Washington D.C. at an altitude of about 1,000 feet, while hundreds of WWII veterans watched from the WWII Memorial. Among the planes was a B-29 Superfortress, the only one of its kind still flying today. This is the same model that was used to drop the atomic bomb in Japan.

In order to accommodate the flyover, Reagan National Airport was closed for about an hour on Friday. A single TBM Avenger experienced some engine trouble and had to make an emergency landing at the airport, but no damage or injuries were reported.

Nearly 16 million Americans fought in World War II, and 400,000 of them paid the ultimate price, while an estimated 60 million people lost their lives worldwide.
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