Bomber pilot Bill Brollier, now 93, expected enemy fire on Oct. 18, 1944, as he flew above his target, a chemical plant in Dusseldorf, Germany. But as it turned out, the flak was so close that he would have been hit if he hadn’t leaned forward from his pilot seat to try to manually release bombs that were stuck.
“That was an interesting day,” said Brollier as he stepped out of a restored B-24 war plane just like the one he piloted in 33 bombing missions during World War II. Brollier, who was a lieutenant in the Air Force, was in Austin on Friday to help kick off a traveling living museum exhibit called the “Wings of Freedom Tour” sponsored by the Collings Foundation.
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If you go
What: Wings of Freedom Tour
Where: Atlantic Aviation, 4309 Emma Browning Ave.
When: 9 a.m to 5 p.m. today and Sunday
Cost: $12 for adults; $6 for kids under 12