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WWII veteran takes flight after 70 years

Ted Montgomery, 92, gets ready to go up in a Fairchild PT-19. The last time he occupied that seat was 70 years ago. Complimentary photos

Ted Montgomery, 92, gets ready to go up in a Fairchild PT-19. The last time he occupied that seat was 70 years ago.
Complimentary photos

Roger Montgomery and his dad, Ted, at Forbes Field.

Roger Montgomery and his dad, Ted, at Forbes Field.
Complimentary photo

Ted Montgomery poses next to a B-17 bomber that he flew in during World War II.

Ted Montgomery poses next to a B-17 bomber that he flew in during World War II.
Complimentary Photo

 

 

by Clarke Davis

World War II veteran Ted Montgomery, Valley Falls, relived some memories when the Warbirds & Legends came to Topeka Aug. 3.

Montgomery’s son, Roger, made arrangements for him to get a ride in a vintage aircraft, the Fairchild PT-19, in which he trained in Texas prior to going overseas.

Warbirds & Legends is a reunion of people who appreciate the aircraft of the 1930s and ’40s. They brought over 70 different airplanes to Forbes Field for the weekend, including a B-17 bomber in which Montgomery served as a gunner during the war.

Montgomery is known for being a storyteller with a mind for detail and his son said there were a number of current Army guys who enjoyed their time spent with him that day.

He was a radio operator on a B-17 crew with the 487th Bomber Group with the U.S. Air Force. He flew approximately 20 bombing missions in 1944 and ’45. His story was featured in the Vindicator in May 2007.

Roger is a 1972 graduate of Valley Falls High School and retired after 34 years with the Air National Guard. He now sells real estate and is director of sales for a couple of area hotels.

 

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