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Douglas welcomes back special WWII vets

Jim Rimes Jim Rimes
DOUGLAS, GA (WALB) -

The city of Douglas is once again welcoming back some special World War II veterans.

All this week, the last surviving members of the 63 rd Army Air Force Flying Training Detachment are having their reunion in Douglas. The members trained at the old army air base in Douglas...which is now the Douglas airport.

This is the 12th year the reunion has been held in Douglas and Jim Rimes, the man who helps coordinate the reunion for the members, says it's an honor to be able to welcome them back every year.

"There's nothing like it," Rimes said, as he couldn't help but smile. "These guys are just awesome. They trained here. There used to be over 200 PT 17s and they were all the pilots for them. Then, they went on to other flight-type aircraft during World War II."

The members will hold a meeting at the end of the week to decide if they want to come back again next year.

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