Band of two: Diz Kronenberg meets WWII B-17 gunner buddy he’s not seen in 69 years


People develop an unusually strong connection when they put their lives in each other’s hands. That certainly was the case with the daring men who flew bombing missions together over France and Germany in World War II.

Their unbreakable brotherly bond helps explain why Harold “Diz” Kronenberg of Eau Claire was so excited to learn that he was not, as he suspected, the lone remaining survivor among the 18 men who shared a barracks together in England between death-defying air raids over Nazi-occupied portions of Europe in 1944.

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