Horace W. Quinn,
(front row, third from right) who lived through remarkable circumstances
during World War II, served as a radio operator-gunner on a B-24 bomber in
the Army Air Force. Quinn’s airplane made an emergency landing in neutral Spain on his first mission. He was captured by Germans
but escaped to North Africa. Returning to the air, Quinn flew seventeen more
missions, including raids on the Ploesti oil refineries. On February 22, 1944, Quinn’s plane was shot down over Germany. He endured fourteen months captivity and severe
privations as a prisoner of war.
After the war Quinn started the municipal airport in
his hometown of Lodgepole, Nebraska. He flew a number of rescue missions during the
terrible Blizzard of ’49.