Chet Bowers co-piloted B-17 Flying Fortresses for the 8th Air Force in Europe during WWII, but always envied the pilots who flew P-51 Mustang fighters. Bowers is one of some 335 veterans who have contributed oral histories of military service to the Warhawk Air Museum in Nampa.
Chet Bowers co-piloted B-17 Flying Fortresses for the 8th Air Force in Europe during WWII, but always envied the pilots who flew P-51 Mustang fighters. Bowers is one of some 335 veterans who have contributed oral histories of military service to the Warhawk Air Museum in Nampa. Brad Talbutt Statesman file photo
Chet Bowers co-piloted B-17 Flying Fortresses for the 8th Air Force in Europe during WWII, but always envied the pilots who flew P-51 Mustang fighters. Bowers is one of some 335 veterans who have contributed oral histories of military service to the Warhawk Air Museum in Nampa. Brad Talbutt Statesman file photo

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