Local D-Day Pilot Reflects On 70th Anniversary of Event

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BRYAN - As we mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion in France a pilot who flew over the English Channel still remembers it vividly and now lives in Bryan.

Memories of what seems like a such a far off time and place for many of us are still fresh for 93-year-old Jack Currie of Bryan.

"We came back a day after the invasion and I've never seen so many ships in my life. You could've walked across from England I think to the French coast," said Currie.

Currie was a pilot with the U.S. Air Force serving in the war zone on D-Day and the days that followed, flying out of bases in England on this plane the Miss Micky Finn and one other.

"It was a B-17 and we called her the twin belles because we had twin boys on our crew," he said.

Their job was to encourage those being occupied by Axis Forces by dropping newspapers behind enemy lines as the Allies advanced.

"We kept everyone informed form Norway to the Pyrenees Mountains and fortunately as I said before we only lost one airplane the whole time I was over there and I was over there about five months. I guess we were lucky I only got shot up one time and I lost two waist gunners and we lost two engines out over the North Sea and flew back to England and landed," he said.

"Did it occur to you how important it was 70 years ago?," asked News 3 Reporter Clay Falls.

"No, not really. You know things change over the years but I've enjoyed life. Let's put it that way," was his reply.

He tells us he's the last remaining man alive in his group as time flies on.

"It was an interesting experience and I hope I never have to go through that experience again," said Jack Currie.

A local hero who in his own way helped bring freedom back during some of the world's darkest days.

Jack Currie joined the military at the age of 18 and later came to Texas A&M.

He also helped train many other pilots during his military career.