World War II Bomber and Important Piece of History Left Abandoned in the Desert and Used for Target Practice Receives New Life
The Second World War is such an important part of American and world history, that the relics of the past become a notable way to remember and respect the sacrifices made. Museums and monuments across the globe pay tribute to the heroes of the past. A museum is where one would expect to find a World War II bomber, unfortunately, that was not the case for one in particular.
This B-29 Superfortress is affectionately known as “Doc” and first took flight in 1945. It’s the same kind of bomber that dropped two atomic bombs on Japan, which brought about the end of the war. Once no longer in use, “Doc” was left to rust in the middle of the Mojave Desert. In fact, this piece of history was used for target practice for the last 42 years.
The government put “Doc” in the crosshairs as a ground target to test ballistic coordinates. A man named Tony Mazzolini set out on a mission to save “Doc,” restoring the massive bomber to its original glory. Unfortunately, this was n easy task. It took more than a decade to get the historic warbird back into the air with flying colors, but this mission was finally accomplished. Read the full story here.
While it’s hard to watch our history be abandoned and disrespected, it’s great to know people like Tony are out there. Of course, we’re happy to see “Doc” restored. However, this is part of a bigger problem. So many of the great Americans who fought and sacrificed during WW2 are being similarly forgotten. We support a bill we call “The Greatest Generation Benefits Act.” With the passage of this legislation, some of our greatest Americans would finally receive what they’ve earned. Help tell Congress to pass this bill by signing our petition. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for more news and updates.