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Roy Fulco, World War II bomber pilot had to bail out, was taken POW

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The date 9/11 had deep meaning for Roy Fulco. Long before the hijack attacks by Muslim terrorists in 2001. It was September 11, 1944 and the young pilot from Shreveport had to bail out of his plane over Germany and he was taken prisoner in World War II.

"We knew we were going to have trouble" recalls Fulco.

Roy Fulco says he and his big formation of planes had dropped some of their bombs when they realized a wrong navigation entry sent them too close to German anti-aircraft guns. The sky grew think with flak and the B-24 and its crew of ten that Fulco commanded was badly hit.

"I punched the abandon ship button and I left. I went over to the bomb bay door and it was open and jumped 23,000 feet" says Fulco.

Fulco says he parachuted down to the middle of a field and tried to hide from a German.

"He had turned around and was coming back with a gun in his hand. What could I do? The right thing. I got up and held up my hands" says Fulco.

Fulco says the whole crew was captured and sent to a prison camp. He shared a small room with 20 prisoners where they were usually hungry and dirty. He gets emotional thinking about it.

Roy Fulco: "Get to thinking about home."

Gerry May: "And wondering if you'll come back?"

Roy Fulco: *nods yes*

Fulco would come back thanks to Russian allies who liberated the camp eight months later. He still has the second dog tag that he refused to give up under interrogation.

Roy Fulco: "People say hero to me. It bothers me. I say thank you but I'm not a hero. You say patriot. I can live with that one. Is that wrong?"

Gerry May: "You're definitely a patriot. I think you're a hero too."

Roy Fulco: "okay."

Roy says his mom tried to talk him out of signing up for the Army Air Corp but he says all of the guys he knew from Fair Park High School were going to war and he couldn't sit it out.

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