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World War II veteran Fred Taylor, 96, poses in his Cazenovia home with his Air Corps uniforms hung behind him and his medals on the table. Taylor flew 31 missions in his B-17 bomber during WWII, including two missions during the 1944 D-Day invasion of Normandy. He was honorably discharged from the military in 1945 after five years of service. He moved to Cazenovia in 1952 and became a turkey farmer.

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Local World War II veteran recalls D-Day bombing runs

Seventy years after Allied forces created the largest armada ever assembled to accomplish the greatest seaborn invasion in history, 96-year-old Cazenovia veteran, Fred Taylor, can recall flying his B-17 bomber during the D-Day invasion of Normandy as if it were only yesterday. “There were so many planes in the air it looked like Broadway,” Taylor said. “We bombed ahead of the troops. We flew at 12,000 feet — low altitude for heavy bombers. We could see the men down there. The English Channel looked like Broadway and Times Square with all the ships and transports, loaded with an enormous number of men and supplies. We put ashore 400,000 men. The Germans didn’t stand a chance.”


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