EDDINGTON — To make it into the Lucky Bastard Club, a World War II B-17 bomber crew member had to fly 25 times into combat and return.
An Eddington man did just that — and he made it into the club more than once by flying into battle 73 times.
George Fulcher died Saturday just three weeks shy of his 102nd birthday.
He’s a lucky bastard because the average life expectancy for a B-17 bomber crew member at that time was 18 months.
His family says the WWII gunner was a true hero.
“George thought that other people — guys — should be able to go home with their families so he volunteered to do more missions,” said Bill Sloan, Fulcher’s son-in-law.
Fulcher was a ball turret gunner assigned to the 94th, 91st and 341st bomber squadrons and flew into combat on missions in Germany, England and North Africa.
He went on to serve during the Korean and Vietnam wars and also worked for the University of Maine for 20 years.