Rare WWII bomber lands in southern Illinois

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MARION, Ill. (AP) –A rare World War II bomber will be housed in Marion for the next month.

The Southern Illinoisan reports  the Consolidated B-24 Liberator “Diamond Lil” landed Monday afternoon at Williamson County Airport. Mark Bybee is president of the EAA Experimental Aircraft Association chapter in Carbondale. He says the plane is part of the Commemorative Air Force museum. He says it arrived from Ohio and needs maintenance before it flies on to Wisconsin at the end of the month.

Bybee says Southern Illinois University aviation students will be able to watch crews perform maintenance on the plane.

Korean War veteran Stephen Alley toured the plane. The 82-year-old from Murphysboro says it reminded him of his time with the U.S. Air Force.

Tours also will be available July 19.

1 Comment

  • Buck O'Famagh

    Lets see…you’ve got an article about a WWII bomber accompanied by what looks like infantry in Afghanistan. Surely you could have come up with a photo. That’s really dumb.

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