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Updated: 04/25/2014 10:37:32PM

Decades later, they still remember

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SUN PHOTO BY AL HEMINGWAY

Staff Sgt. Joseph Hanzl’s photo is superimposed, showing B-26 Marauders flying overhead in the background.

SUN PHOTO BY AL HEMINGWAY

John and Betty Ann Hanzl with a part of his father’s plane presented to them in France by the villagers where it had crashed.

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Part of the B-26 Marauder and Joseph Hanzl’s Purple Heart and POW Medal.

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John Hanzl thanks Michel Baudouin from the Normandy Association for Air Remembrance for the memorial to honor his father, along with those killed that night.

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Ben, Brenda, Betty Ann and John Hanzl attended the unveiling of the memorial honoring his father in June 2004.

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Taps was played to remember those who were killed to save the village of Sainte-Honorine-la-Chardonne from the Nazis in World War II.

By AL HEMINGWAY

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PUNTA GORDA — On the evening of Aug. 7, 1944, the skies over Normandy were filled with the drone from the engines of dozens of Martin B-26 Marauders.

The twin-engine aircraft were flying bombing runs to cut off the retreat of thousands of German troops to the east, and to prevent the flow of supplies as the Allies drove deeper into France.

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