About 50 come to hear World War II B-17 pilot


Special to the Express

INDIAN LAKE - About 50 people turned out to hear guest speaker 1st Lt. Earl M. Morrow of the 457 Bomb Group of the United States Army Air Corps 8th Air Force Saturday, April 6, at the American Legion Parker-Benton Post 1392 hall here.

Morrow, 92, of Granville, comical and tragic detailing his time as a pilot commanding a B-17 "Flying Fortress" on 17 bombing missions over Germany during WW II.

During his 17th mission his plane was shot down and he finished out the last six months of the war as a German prisoner of war.

Morrow and his fellow POWs were liberated by a company of American tanks led by none other than General George Patton. Morrow said the general saluted him personally and, after talking to the POWs, said, "See ya later boys; I got a war to win."

After the war Earl became a pilot for American Airlines until his retirement.