In August 1943, American pilots made a dangerous run through horrible weather to bomb Adolph Hitler's oil refineries. Walter Stewart, the deputy leader on the bombing run and the highest-ranking survivor of that successful mission, took legislators with him as he recalled the day - and the plane making it possible: the B-24.
The presentation was part of a successful bid to enlist the House Human Services Standing Committee in support of HB250, which would provide $455,000 to the Hill Aerospace Museum to renovate a B-24 recovered by a team from its crash site in the Aleutian Islands. According to sponsor Rep. Gerry Adair, R-Roy, the plane is the most historically significant of the 60 now housed in the museum, which has become one of Utah's most popular tourist attractions.
Although lawmakers questioned whether admission fees should pay for the costs (federal law forbids that), the panel approved the bill.