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WWII vets relive memories in flyover at USC game

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World War II Veterans pose in front of Betty's Dream B-25 bomber World War II Veterans pose in front of Betty's Dream B-25 bomber
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

Betty's Dream is one plane George Givins and Quentin Stambaugh know very well.

It's a replica of the B-25 plane the World War II tent mates flew when they were members of the 345th bomb group, the Air Apaches. Saturday, they were on board when Betty's Dream flew over Williams-Brice Stadium before the South Carolina-Arkansas game.

In honor of their annual reunion, they're flew again Saturday.

"A lot of memories," they said. "Remember those who aren't here." 

70 years worth of flashbacks and war stories. Givins recalled a time when Stambaugh's plane almost crashed.

"The plane was going down," said Givins. "They're going, going in at the last second before they hit the water they started coming up again. Scary as hell for him and I thought 'Oh my God, there goes Quentin.'"

Saturday's experience flying over Williams-Brice Stadium was a good bit calmer.  The plane they rode in belongs to Warren Pietch with the Texas Flying Legends Museum.

"We brought the airplane from Houston so that they can have some of those memories," said Pietch. "70 years they were the guys that fought for this country, fought for our rights and freedoms. We want to say 'Thanks.'"

It was a service they started right here in Columbia.

"Ability to see them bring those memories back,very emotional," said Pietch.

"Mission accomplished," said Stambaugh as he disembarked the plane after his flight.

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