On this Veterans Day 2012, a World War II veteran from Oklahoma talks about serving on a B-17 bomber

In addition to memories, Lloyd Mitchell — an Oklahoman who served in World War II — and others in his crew kept diaries.

BY BRYAN PAINTER Published: November 12, 2012
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MOORE — Lloyd Mitchell’s 94-year-old eyes are fixed on the painting that features the B-17 bomber, “Kipling’s Error III.”

The memory of Mitchell takes a direct flight back 70 years to his service as a crew member in the 8th Air Force, 96th Bomber Group, 413th Squadron. He was a navigator first and gunner second. And quicker than Mitchell could snap his big-old country boy fingers, he was sitting behind the front of the nose guns in the plane in which he served 24 of his 25 missions.

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