Mom and Gramps are almost home after a wonderful trip to revisit Saipan. He hasn’t been there since 1945 where he flew 37 missions in a B-29 bomber in the 878th Squadron, 499th Bomb Group. They were treated like royalty all the way there and back by the pilots and staff of United Airlines, got to spend some time in Hawaii and see the Flight Museum there and enjoy the warm weather. I will write more about this as I come to grips with the overwhelming emotion this trip fills me with.
Here are a couple of great stories posted in the local news websites out there about his trip:
Saipan Tribune: Two WWII Veterans Honored During Saipan Visit
Marianas Variety: WWII B-29 Co-pilot LeRoy Florence visits Saipan (a bit of error in the story – Gramps sold AIRPLANES not Air Conditioning! He will get a kick out of that)