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16 students from College of the Ozarks near Branson will soon be packing their bags for the trip of a lifetime. They’ll be accompanying seven World War II veterans who took part in the Battle of the Atlantic and the air war over Europe. KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson has more.
The Battle of the Atlantic ended with the defeat of Germany in 1945. Before that, however, it was waged for several years, from the naval blockade of Germany to the skies above, where aircraft were moving targets.
On May 17, seven veterans who were there will step aboard a plane and cross the Atlantic once again, traveling to England for the 70th anniversary of the overall Battle of the Atlantic and the Air War.
The vets come from various states throughout the Midwest and Southern US. One of them witnessed the 1942 Christmas bombing of London, and another was aboard a ship when he felt the first German attacks. The veterans and C of O students will visit an airfield that was once the 8th Air Force Base.
There, they’ll watch re-enactors, and mingle with British locals who were there during World War II. They’ll also visit the Cambridge American Cemetery, where nearly 4,000 of their fellow American soldiers are buried, and where 5,000 more are honored as missing.
The trip is part of the College of the Ozarks Patriotic Education Travel Program, which allows students to travel with veterans to learn about history.
For KSMU News, I’m Jennifer Davidson.