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Great Bend was good to airmen
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Dear Editor,
Last month my son arranged for us to take a flight on a restored B-17 airplane called the Aluminum Overcast.
As I was the only World War II veteran on the flight, I had the privilege of setting behind the co-pilot.
This brought back many fond memories of the time spent in Great Bend, Kansas as I with the 489th Bomb Group, which was one of the first groups to re-train on the B-29 in Great Bend.
The people in Great Bend were really very nice to all the airmen stationed in their city but one family was exceptional.
They invited many of us to their home for a home cooked meal on many occasions and always said “this is your home while your away from home.”
I have corresponded with members of this family for over 60 years and stopped to see them several times when on vacation. T
hey are still the most gracious family I have ever met.
Their name is Pohlman.
Though some have passed away, to Jeanette, Betty, Dorothy, and Velda: God Bless You.
A grateful airman,
Robert Warren
Alliance, Ohio