Image Copyright: Nichelle Anderson/U.S. Air Force
By Aaron Mansfield
Copyright: The Buffalo News, N.Y.
Bill Strapko and Roscoe C. Brown Jr. shook hands and grabbed each other’s shoulders.
They’d never met before, but these veterans knew each other – perhaps in a way only they could understand.
They had stared down death together and come out World War II heroes.
Strapko, 95, of North Tonawanda, was a B-17 Flying Fortress first pilot during World War II, helping lead some of the United States’ most famous missions. He received recognition for his role in the 1945 bombing of Berlin on Saturday at the Return of the Red Tails gala in Horseheads.