Ormsby B17 Kokomo 1988

Ormsby B17 Kokomo 1988 - Local area 2 Kokomo (Ind.) Tribune Wednesday,...
Local area 2 Kokomo (Ind.) Tribune Wednesday, July 20, 1988 Fire alarms to be installed More than 300 fire alarms will be installed within the next two years in homes owned by low- income Howard County residents. The installation is part of the Indiana Department of Human Services weatherization assistance program. Established in 1977, the program has helped 88,914 homeowners. Weatherization includes treatment of heating ducts in unheated areas, treatment of hot water and heating systems, attic, sidewall and floor insulation. Residents must have a gross yearly income 150 percent below the poverty level. Income levels 150 percent below the poverty level are $8,655 for an individual; $8,655, $11,595 for a family of two; $14,635 for a family of three; and $17,475 for a family of four. Tipton will receive 59 fire alarms under the program. Board to discuss town's budget SHARPSVILLE, Ind. — Sharpsville Town Board members have scheduled a public meeting at 6 p.m. Monday in the town hall. The pupose of the meeting is to discuss the town's budget. Tipton council discusses CAGIT TIPTON, Ind. - Tipton County Council members discussed adoption of the county adjusted gross income tax Tuesday. The tax would be used to fund economic development for the county. According to interpretation of the CAGIT ordinance passed by the state Legislature, if a county adjoining Tipton County passes an ordinance implementing the tax by Jan. 1, and Tipton County does not pass one, any income tax paid by someone working in one county and living in Tipton County would go to the county where the tax has been approved. All county governments in Indiana "Sentimental Journey" brought back memories for Charles Ormsby, who served as a B-17 flight engineer in World War II For now, time stands still B-17s are all but forgotten By Bob Wathen Tribune contributing writer The Boeing B-17G bomber sitting on the ramp at Kokomo Municipal Airport was like a time machine for Charles Ormsby. He boarded the "Sentimental Journey" Tuesday, and for a few hours, the 1944 vintage airplane flew him back in memory to wartime England, where he was a member of the 398th Bomb Group, 1st Combat Wing, 8th Air Force, stationed at Nuthamstead Field, near Cambridge. As he touched the familiar hardware, again he was Tech. Sgt. Ormsby, flight engineer and, during combat, the operator of twin .50-caliber machine guns. Ormsby, 1124 N. Webster St., flew 35 bombing missions — over Germany, France, Czechoslovakia and Poland — between November 1944 and April 1945. "I started a number of other missions, but our "Sentimental Journey," on display at the Kokomo Municipal Airport, is a Boeing B-17G bomber. The airplane was built in 1944, commissioned in 1945, and used for photo reconnaisance and rescue missions after World War II. For 18 years it was used to drop chemicals on forest fires. In 1977, "Sentimental Journey" was donated to the Arizona Wing of the Confederate Air Force, an organization dedicated to the preservation of wartime aircraft. Three of its crew members, pilots Phil Da vies and Bill Main, and flight engineer Wilbur Richardson, had extensive combat experience in B-17s. Of the 12,731 B-17s built only about 50 remain unscrapped and only 12 are still airworthy. Along with "Ho Hun," a North American-built P-51 fighter of the same era, the "Sentimental Journey" is on a 60-stop nationwide tour. The B-17 will depart from Kokomo between 9 and 10 a.m. Thursday for a flight to Dayton, Ohio. Charles Ormsby looks up at the top turret, his post during World War II combat (Tribune photos by Bob Wathen) with were high- down their gun emplacements massive walls of concrete. Those huge fortifications destroyed by 2,000-pound, explosive bombs raining were permitted to take evasive action until they arrived at the initial point, a few miles from the actual target. Once there, the bombing run began and they had Army in November 1941, just before the United States became involved in the war that had begun with the German attack on Poland in September 1939. Their military and civilian careers were very similar and both served as B-17 flight engineers at the same base (different squadrons) in England. George, however, was shot down on a mission to destroy a facility that manufactured "heavy water" the Germans wanted to make atomic weapons. He parachuted to safety and was interned in a POW camp until released by the Russian army. Tuesday's flight was different. This time, there were no enemy fighters shooting at the airplane; no black puffs of flak to mar the summer sky. This time, Charles Ormsby was able to put his memories back in his scrapbook and go _ home. ^^^

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  1. The Kokomo Tribune,
  2. 20 Jul 1988, Wed,
  3. Page 2

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