Friday, September 30, 2016

Decorated Pilots from WWII and Vietnam Era Meet Prior to Wings Over Winston Airshow

Vietnam era naval aviator Commander Randy "Duke" Cunningham was in Louisville on Friday preparing to attend the Wings Over Winston Airshow. Through mutual friends, Cunningham was afforded the opportunity to visit with Winston County's own aviator hero, W. Pruitt Lee, who co-piloted bombers in WWII.

Lee, who is a resident of the Winston County Nursing Home,  flew 29 bombing missions over Europe before his aircraft was shot down over Holland. He attributes his survival to the daily prayers of his wife and of his church family throughout the war years.

Commander Cunningham flew 300 missions over Vietnam as a Navy aviator and was the first of only two pilots to qualify as an "Ace" after downing five enemy aircraft.

Both men are expected to be in attendance on Saturday at the 3rd Annual "Wings Over Winston" Airshow. Gates open at 10:00 am and the show begins at 11:00 am