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Updated: 01/01/2018 08:30:01AM

Punta Gorda man was WWII tail gunner

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Jim Hicks was 19 when this picture was taken. He was in the Aviation Cadet program but didn't complete the training because of a heart problem.

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This is a B-25 Mitchell Bomber similar to the one former Staff Sgt. Jim Hicks flew as a tail-gunner on during World War II.

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Jim Hicks is 93 and lives at his home in Emerald Lakes Mobile Home Park in Punta Gorda.

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Jim Hicks, of Emerald Lake Mobile Home Park in Punta Gorda, was the tail gunner on a B-25, twin-engine attack bomber, part of 81st Squadron, 12th Bombardment Group, 10th Air Force in the China Burma and India Theatre during World War II.

He was a staff sergeant in the military.

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