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One man passes through aviation history


Last updated 8/31/2018 at 2:24pm

Louie Neese flew this B-24, which is seen in front of a B-17, for 4 and one-half hours in his eighties, while the plane was touring parts of the U.S. as the sole surviving flying B-24.

Ronald Shattuck

Special to the Village News

My dear friend and neighbor in Bonsall, Louie Neese, passed away Aug. 15. He was 95. I had the personal honor of assisting Neese with his memoirs and want to share some of his memories with everyone.

Born in Amarillo, Texas, Sept. 17, 1922, Neese's earliest memory was wanting to be a pilot. The first time he ever saw an airplane close-up, it was because two Jenny biplanes had crashed near his church on Sunday; the pilots survived. He grabbed a couple of broken pieces from that incident and had his older brother screw them together crosswise to f...

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