Ex-POW waited decades to get that brand-new Boxster
While on a mission to Germany in March 1945, Lansing, Mich. native Sgt. Lewis Guernsey and the five other crewmembers of the B-26 bomber "Sheboygan Redskin" were shot down behind enemy lines. The three survivors, Guernsey included, were captured and spent the final months of the conflict as German prisoners of war.
Despite spending a bit more time in Germany than he might have wanted to, the tail-gunner cultivated a burning desire for a German sports car once he was back home in the States. Perhaps the three-year gap between between V-E Day and the start of production for Porsche's curvier, decidedly less tanklike products were enough to dissipate any residual ill-will he might have harbored.
In any event, Guernsey (apparently a very, very patient man) didn't mind waiting a few years to finally get his little German sports car. And by a few years, we mean 69 years since the cessation of hostilities. Guernsey and his wife Anna, took delivery of the car -- a white 2015 Porsche Boxster with a black convertible top and interior -- at the Okemos Auto Collection near Lansing last month. He's 90.
Photos show that the happy couple seemed to be pleased with their purchase. The new Boxster's a great car, so they have every reason to be smiling. Thanks for your service, Lewis. We hope you and your wife enjoy the heck out of that Porsche.