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Joe Balach on top of the B-26 he flew over Europe during World War II. (Photo courtesy of Joe Balach)

As D-Day's 70th anniversary nears, Duluth man recalls flying bombing missions to support invasion

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Joe Balach, age “92 and a half,” signed up for the Aviation Cadet Program in 1942 at age 20. He was taking advantage of a new rule that said would-be pilots didn’t need college degrees, just a high school diploma.

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