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Famous WWII bomber visiting Capital region

A famous Second World War bomber is visiting the Vintage Wings Canada hangar at Gatineau airport for the next week, and the public is invited by.

The B-17 bomber, nicknamed 'Sentimental Journey,' is operated by the Commemorative Air Force from the U-S for public education.

And while the Flying Fortress was a mainstay of the American bombing campaign against Germany, the RCAF had only six of them, and they were all based at Rockcliffe Airport here in Ottawa.

Vintage Wings owner Michael Potter says they were flown by 168 Squadron to get morale-boosting mail to our troops in Britain, North African, and Italy.

"I think it's fascinating when you can take a piece of World War Two history that nobody knows or thinks about, " Potter told CFRA.

By the time the war ended, in 1945, the planes had flown millions of letters and packages....and tens of thousands of passengers overseas.

Two of the aircraft were lost during the war - 13 personnel were killed.

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