Eric Ward made a video and sent it to the 99th BGHS that shares the story of our 95 year old WWII Army Air Corps 99BG 347th BS veteran, Daniel F. Francesco, flying in a B-17 again after 75 years.
Eric's Dad (Phil Ward) met Danny Francisco a few months ago delivering meals to senior citizens. Danny flew 33 Combat Missions from April 12, 1944 - July 24, 1944 as a tail-gunner in a B-17 at the age of 18 years old. His plane was called 'The Silver Dollar' and was based out of Foggia, Italy during the waras part of the 15th Air Force. Eric decided to get him into a B-17 again after 75 years and film the experience.
The message of his video is for us to understand that there are heroes around us every day - our veterans. They live in our communities and have stories as deep as this. If some of our younger generations could slow down and find the time to talk and listen to our senior citizens, veterans or not, our country might be a bit more understanding and grateful.
We have sent Eric our sincere "thank you" on behalf of the 99th BGHS and have requested he get back in touch with Daniel Francisco and family so we might contact Daniel directly to provide additional recognition, and to obtain additional information to prepare a follow on article with photos and remembrances from Daniel about his 99th BG 347BS missions as we have done for previous Veterans. You may send your personal email notes of appreciation to Eric Ward at email@example.com.
Stay tuned for updates after we hear back from Eric and hopefully directly from Daniel and family.
Gary T. Staffo
2nd Vice President
99th Bomb Group Historical Society