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Demi Bamber, flight coordinator for the Wings of Freedom tour, talks about keeping the B-24 Liberator flying in honor of World War II veterans. Adam Monacelli, Vineland Daily Journal

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MILLVILLE – The "Wings of Freedom Tour" featuring a squadron of rare World War II aircraft landed here Wednesday to kick off a special three-day event hosted by the Millville Army Air Field Museum.

Demi Bamber, flight coordinator for the Wings of Freedom tour, said the "event is not only an outstanding opportunity to deepen your knowledge of what it was like to be in World War II but to also deepen your appreciation for our veterans."

"This is probably one of the greatest times right now where we are still meeting veterans, and for not much longer can we say that." said Bamber.

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Among the aircraft taking part in this year's event are the “Nine O Nine,” a restored B-17 Flying Fortress renamed to honor the famed World War II bomber that completed a record 140 combat missions without ever losing a crewman, a B-24J Liberator bomber, a B-25 Mitchell bomber, P-40 Warhawk, new this year, and a P-51 Mustang.

“The Millville Army Air Field Museum is a true living history museum,” said Bob Trivellini, vice president of the museum’s Board of Directors, in a press release, 

“Last year, when these amazing aircraft visited, we welcomed a group of 28 World War II veterans, all in their 90s, who shared fascinating stories about their experiences during the war," he said. "This year, we hope that many more area veterans will come out to see these vintage warbirds and stop by the museum for a visit."

There is no charge to visit the Millville Army Air Field Museum and observe the ceremony. Walk-through tours of the aircraft are $15 for adults and $5 for children age 12 and younger.

The Collings Foundation is waiving the fee for all World War II veterans. Proceeds will benefit the foundation’s mission to organize and support “living history” events that enable Americans to learn more about their heritage through direct participation.

For foundation information, visit www.collingsfoundation.org.

For museum information, call Lisa Jester at (856) 327-2347.

Adam Monacelli is a regional photographer/videographer for The Daily Journal and Courier-Post. He has worked in the newspaper industry for over 25 years. If you have a neat video or photo idea, email him at amonacelli@gannettnj.com.

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