Come visit us at The Museum of Military Memorabilia. We have thousands of military artifacts from all branches of the Military. The Museum is located in the Naples Municipal Airport which was originally built by the Army Corps of Engineers to train pilots for the pacific theater in WWII.

What has begun as a Museum Honoring Military Aviation in WWII has evolved into so much more. You can now see historical artifacts dating back to the Revolutionary War and all the way up to the present day Iraq & Afghanistan conflicts.

2012 marked the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Naples Airport as a WWII Army Air Forces Training Base.

B-17 Bomber lodged in glacier for more than 70 years

Here is a story of a B-17 Bomber lodged in glacier for more than 70 years

B-17 Bomber lodged in glacier for more than 70 years

B-17 Flying Fortress

The unique story of a B-17 bomber that was destroyed during World War Two has emerged.

Steve Memovich was a US Air Force pilot in the B-17 bomber during the war and survived when the aircraft crashed into a glacier.

More than 70 years after his aircraft crashed he received an envelope in the post which contained his silver bracelet with his name, serial number and the inscription – Always yours, Marilyn. The bracelet had belonged to Steve, but he had lost it when his B-17 Bomber crashed all those years ago.

 Steve and his crew had taken off from an Allied base in Iceland in 1944. They were heading back to a base in Scotland, but they ran into bad weather and the B-17 was literally knocked out of the sky in a blizzard and they landed in a glacier known in Icelandic as Eyjafjallajokull.

Luckily, all 10 of the B-17’s crew survived and they were rescued from the glacier.Steve continued to fly in the US Air Force throughout World War Two and flew a total of 35 missions. When the war ended Steve returned to his home town of Vancouver in Washington (USA). He was married to his wife Marilyn and he became a lawyer.

 The wreck of the B-17 bomber remained stuck in the glacier and over the years became covered in snow and more ice until it was completely entombed. But during the 1990s a local farmer came across the wreck after seeing scraps of metal on the surface of the ice. Since then the glacier has gradually begun to melt away, and locals started scraping the ice away to reveal more metal and parts of the aircraft. That is when they also recovered the bracelet belonging to Steve.

The bracelet was returned to US authorities who ensured it eventually made its way back to Steve’s home in Vancouver, Washington.

Steve and Marilyn were able to visit Iceland in 2004 where they were able to visit the glacier and see the remains of his B-17.

Steve died earlier this year, while his wife Marilyn died in 2011.

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