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Updated: 03/16/2014 08:34:03PM

WWII vet recalls civilian service in Ireland

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PHOTO COURTESY OF JAIME STOVER SCHMITT

Chuck Stover and Betty Jane Watson in Ireland during 2013.

PHOTO COURTESY OF JAIME STOVER SCHMIDT
Venice residents Chuck Stover and Betty Watson in County Down, Northern Ireland, at the memorial for Harry Ferguson, a famous Northern Irish engineer. Ferguson is recognized as the first Irishman to build and fly his own airplane, as well as for the development of the modern agricultural tractor.

By JAIME STOVER SCHMIDT

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Too young to enlist in World War in 1942 without his mother’s permission, Chuck Stover found another way to become involved in America’s World War II efforts.

While working for Bendix Aviation in Philadelphia, he was recruited by Lockheed Overseas Corporation with the prospect of being sent overseas to Northern Ireland to service Allied Forces bombers. Just 19, he jumped at the chance to work for Lockheed.

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