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WWII Reunions Poignant for Dwindling Veterans

DAYTON, Ohio -- Paul Young rarely talked about his service during World War II -- about the B-25 bomber he piloted, about his 57 missions, about the dangers he faced or the fears he overcame. "Some things you just don't talk about," he said. But Susan Frymier had a hunch that if she could journey from Fort Wayne, Ind., with her 92-year-old dad... more

Vets, Visitors Flock to Normandy to Remember D-Day

Paul Clifford, 70, from Boston MA, USA, places flowers on the grave of Walter J. Gunther Jr, the uncle of his best friend, in the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, in Colleville sur Mer, France, Wednesday June 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)

COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER, France — Ceremonies to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day are drawing thousands of visitors to the cemeteries, beaches and stone-walled villages of Normandy this week, including some of the few remaining survivors of the largest sea-borne invasion ever mounted. World leaders and dignitaries including President Barack ... more

German WWII Bomber to be Salvaged Off UK Coast

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LONDON - A famous German World War II bomber nicknamed "the flying pencil" has spent decades submerged in the English Channel after being shot down in the Battle of Britain. Now, divers are braving dangerous tides to bring it to the surface. British officials on Friday announced a complex salvage operation just off the Kent coast in southeaster... more

B-17 And Former Airman Fly Again

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Bob Heller knows his bombers. On 59 missions during World War II, Heller took and delivered fire over Italy, France, and Germany as a radio gunner on a B-26, the twin-engine planes that hit precision targets across the continent. But he doesn't know the B-17 Flying Fortress. "That's a beautiful ship," he said, staring at the B-17 across the r... more

Russia Remembers Stalingrad Battle as Finest Hour

Soviet soldier waves the Red Banner over Stalingrad's central plaza in 1943. Photo: German Federal Archives

In a new display of national pride and reminder of its status as a world power, Russia on Saturday remembers the Red Army victory in the battle of Stalingrad over invading Nazi forces, one of the bloodiest battles in human history. The turning point in World War II that claimed up to 2 million lives on both sides, the battle of Stalingrad is re... more

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