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This profile was last updated on 9/13/08  and contains information from public web pages.

Kenneth C. Drinnon

Wrong Kenneth C. Drinnon?

Ball-Turret Gunner

Tru Love
 
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Xlibris Book Publishing Company: Xlibris Author Awards and Events
www2.xlibris.com, 13 Sept 2008 [cached]
Kenneth C. Drinnon
In her book roundup feature for the Knoxville News Sentinel, Ina Hughs notes that Knoxville not only has a rich reading culture, it is also one of the cities prolific with writers, poets, essayists, and published authors. She features Tennesseans who recently published their books, including Xlibris author Kenneth C. Drinnon's World War II chronicle, Wings of Tru Love: A WWII B17 Ball-Turret Gunner Memoir. In his memoir, Kenneth chronicles his time as a ball-turret gunner for Tru Love, the B17 Flying Fortress he flew in with the 8th Air Force, 487th Heavy Bomb Group, and 838th Squadron from October 22, 1944 to February 28, 1945.
KnoxNews: Local
www.knoxnews.com [cached]
Kenneth Drinnon of South Knox County and a World War II veteran flew as a ball gunner in the belly of a Boeing B-17.He got to take a trip down memory lane as he toured one of the planes on display at McGhee Tyson Airport at Knoxair.
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Kenneth Drinnon remembers when, as a 19-year-old, he had to squeeze his 142-pound frame into the ball turret of a B-17 Flying Fortress aircraft for his first mission over Germany.
The day was Oct. 22, 1944.Drinnon was a World War II "belly gunner" for the 487th bomb group of the 8th Air Force.
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"I saw many of them come in just like that," Drinnon said, his voice shaky, his eyes filling with tears.
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Watching the planes come in Tuesday flooded Drinnon with emotion.He also got the opportunity to go aboard the B-17, this time as a tourist.
As he ran his hands across the galley of the craft, Drinnon reminisced about the time when he shot down two German warplanes.
"When you do something as a young man, you think back on it," he said.
487th Bomb Group (H): Kenneth Drinnon
www.487thbg.org, 30 Mar 2009 [cached]
Kenneth Drinnon487th Bomb Group (H): Kenneth Drinnon
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