UP veteran reflects on service during WWII
Wesley Loosemore was drafted during his time as a Michigan Tech student in 1942. Originally he was going to be able to finish his degree before reporting for duty.
"In February of '43, an emergency came up. They needed crew members to fill these B-17 bombers, so they called me up and I had to report towards the end of February," said Loosemore.
Loosemore was a radio operator for his B-17 bomber group. Stationed in England, he was a part of 35 bombing missions during his time in the service.
"We had several missions where we lost one engine, and several times we lost our oxygen systems. Almost every mission we had flak holes in our plane, because the Germans had flak batteries all over,” added Loosemore.
Loosemore's son is proud of his dad for his service in World War II.
"American's made a lot of sacrifices, and that's something I'm sure my dad thinks about. A lot of guys went out on these same missions with my dad and they didn't come back. I think he really appreciates that, and I sure do," said John Loosemore, Wesley’s son.
The WWII vet also got to participate in the most recent U.P Honor Flight, an experience he cherishes.
"We landed back in Escanaba and there were I think around 1,000 people there, waving and cheering, and it was just a really good feeling," said Wesley Loosemore.