MARYSVILLE, Ohio (WSYX / WTTE) – A Marysville native recalls his association with the "Memphis Belle"
Watson said when he was in eighth grade, he wrote a letter Colonel Robert Morgan as part of a class assignment. Morgan flew the B17F bomber "Memphis Belle" during World War II.
Watson said he was surprised when the aviation icon wrote him back.
"It was so cool to have someone who was actually involved in answering me," Watson explained.
Watson and Morgan exchanged letters and telephoned over time. In 1996, Watson was invited to Memphis, Tennessee, where the historic bomber was located and offered the opportunity to board the plane
"Absolute Unbelief." I mean, as I drove through this plane, it was absolutely amazing for me, especially in the Cockpit because I was sitting in the cockpit with Bob Morgan for over an hour and it was in Memphis in July, so it was 110 degrees outside in that cockpit sweating bullets. "
Colonel Morgan died in 2004, but the connection between him and Watson was Not lost on Morgan's wife, who invited the Marysville natives to a private ceremony for family and friends before the exhibition for the historic bomber
"I'm very excited to see what this plane looks like," Watson said.