Bob Davey, now of Indianola, spoke briefly at a recent meeting of the Warren County Historical Society. Davey was shot down over Yugoslavia during World War II. The story of his journey to safety, and the couple who retraced it, was the topic of the meeting.

Seventy-four years ago, in the midst of World War II, Milo soldier Bob Davey bailed out of a plane about to crash in what was then Yugoslavia.

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Bob Davey perches in the tail gun position of a B-17. He was shot down over Yugoslavia during his second mission of World War II.

Yugoslavian map

A map traces the route Bob Davey, and later Elodie and Sandy Opstad, took from where Davey's plane crashed to safety at Belgrade.

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Congratulations, Jenny, for a great story about a great man.

Jenny Staff

Thank you! It was a privilege to write about him. Great man indeed.


A great man, and a terrific story. I've heard Mr. Davey tell this and other stories man times, and they never fail to awe me. The Greatest Generation indeed. Thanks, Elodie, for sharing!

Kelly Shaw

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