World War II vet donates B-17 model to McMinnville museum

David Foss created this B-17 model for World War II veteran Don Anderson, who donated it to the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum in McMinnville. (KATU Photo)

One local man is using his skills as a model maker to remember those who served in World War II.

When an injury disabled David Foss of Sherwood, he decided to use his time to create models for veterans.

He met Don Anderson at a post office and decided to build a model B-17 for the 92-year-old.

Anderson was a tail-gunner on a Flying Fortress during the war, surviving 22 missions. He decided to donate the model to the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum in McMinnville next to a real B-17.

Anderson says he’s grateful people remember the sacrifices he and millions of other Americans made during the war. He even wrote a poem about it.

“You’ve noticed, perhaps, the pins on our caps, and you smile and say, thank you for serving. Well, let us thank you for remembering, too, that freedom is well worth preserving,” he said.

Foss said it took about 300 hours of labor to create the model.

If you want to see it, it’s on display now at the museum.

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