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WWII veteran returns to the skies in B-17

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Doug Morrison was a B-17 navigator in World War II. Doug Morrison was a B-17 navigator in World War II.
INDIANAPOLIS -

A World War II veteran took a very special flight over Indianapolis Thursday.

Doug Morrison served as a navigator in a B-17 bomber during the war.

"Hitler was being too successful, so we had to do all we could to to put a stop to them and we did," Morrison said.

The 92-year-old West Lafayette resident flew four and a half missions before being shot down over Europe.

"German fighters started swarming in on us from all sides. We were shooting at them, they were shooting at us and while that was happening, the co-pilot pounded me on the shoulder and said 'Get the hell out of here, the damn thing's gonna blow up!" Morrison recalled. "I said my prayers, because I wasn't sure how long I'd be alive after that.

He hadn't been back in a B-17 until Thursday, when he rode through the skies of Indianapolis.

"German fighters started swarming in on us from all sides. We were shooting at them, they were shooting at us and while that was happening, the co-pilot pounded me on the shoulder and said 'Get the hell out of here, the damn thing's gonna blow up!" Morrison recalled. "I said my prayers, because I wasn't sure how long I'd be alive after that."

"I think this flight will be a lot better," he laughed.

The plane flew over downtown, passing over the Indiana War Memorial, with Morrison smiling the whole time.

"Very, very enjoyable. Brought back old memories," he said.

After the flight, he said "God willing" he'll go back up when the aircraft returns to Indianapolis next year.

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