Upstate NY man travels thousands of miles, retracing grandfather's steps, finding WWII artifacts

Upstate NY man travels thousands of miles, retracing grandfather's steps, finding WWII artifacts
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    REGIONAL ROUNDUP
    AN UPSTATE NEW YORK MAN ON THE
    TRIP OF A LIFETIME...FOLLOWING
    HIS GRANDFATHER'S WORLD WAR II
    PRISON TIME DIARY LEADING HIM TO
    FIND PRICELESS ARTIFACTS.
    INCLUDING PARTS OF THE BOMBER
    PLANE HIS GRANDFATHER WAS IN
    BEFORE IT WAS SHOT DOWN BY
    GERMANS.
    LOUIS FINLEY FROM OUR SISTER
    STATION IN ALBANY HAS THAT STORY
    FOR US THIS MORNING.
    NAT - "Stone walls do not a
    prison make nor iron bars a
    cage." It's a journey spanning
    multiple countries and several
    years.
    Iain Walker of Niskayuna heard
    countless tales of his
    grandfather's time as a POW in
    World War II.
    It's through reading them after
    his death that led Walker on a
    mission to retrace the former
    POWs' footsteps.
    "One thing that he passed down
    to me was his wartime diary and
    I heard it was really
    impressive, but it really is
    quite amazing." Sergant Denis
    Airforce.
    Of
    the seven on board . LLyod . the
    only one to survive.
    "Why did he survive? And it's
    kind of like one of those
    typical existential questions.
    Why am I here?" Those questions
    leading Walker to Britain and
    Germany . creating a detailed
    log of his grandfather's travels
    following the escape from the
    plummeting plane.
    "Seeing the barn where he hid
    overnight in a hay loft before
    being captured and going to the
    farm where his comrades died was
    an emotional experience."
    Not only do those places still
    exist nearly 80 years later .
    but something else still remains
    in these fields.
    "These pieces here would be the
    fuselage of the plane where you
    can see the riveting." The land
    owners allowing Walker to post
    this memorial plaque on their
    home.
    "It's a surreal moment.
    It's something that I'll never
    forget." "I wish I had five more
    minutes to talk to him.
    I have 1000 questions."
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