By Andrew Denis • Lewiston Middle School

On Tuesday, September 24, team 82 students traveled to Auburn/Lewiston Municipal Airport to climb aboard the 824 Liberator and the 827 Flying Fortress.

All students were allowed to climb into and handle weapon replicas and try to imagine what it would have been like for WWII servicemen.

Some students were fortunate enough to interview WWII veterans who came to see these flying legends and reminisce of their days 60 years ago.

In History class students viewed segments of Memphis Belle which gave them more insight as to how American and allied forces used these Freedom Fighters to help bring peace to war torn countries and how and why so many lost their lives while in the skies.

In Literature class students compared September 11 events with the ongoing fight for freedom in our nation and the world. Comments from students: ” I thought it was really cool to see all the different guns in the plane and all the controls where the pilot was,” said Ryan Lagasse. “I thought it was cool how small you had to be to go in the ball turrent. I didn’t realize how big those planes were up close,” said Mike Hobbs.

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