A Conversation with WWII Pilot Frank Bell

Before he found himself in the co-pilot seat as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army Air Force during World War II, Frank Bell was a young ROTC student at the University of Florida in the early 1940’s. When he was called to service after completing flight training, he found himself assigned to the 467th Bombardment Group. After satisfying the necessary amount of successful missions in the European theater he thought he might be headed to the Pacific theater to fly there, but instead found himself returning home and going to work for Pan Am Airlines after the war ended. Frank worked for Pan Am for decades before retiring in the 1990’s and enjoying a quieter life in Florida, where he still likes to cut out the comics from the newspaper and send them to his granddaughter Amanda - my wife.

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