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A Mighty 8th Love Story

Forward written by Museum volunteer, Albert S. Pela, Jr. My dad (Albert S. Pela, Sr.) deployed in Feb. ’44 to Thorpe Abbotts UK, home to the 100th BG, 350th squadron. His routine…

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A Portrait and a Mystery

Portrait of an Eighth Air Force Flight Officer donated by Kim Iocovozzi. A local businessman and avid art collector, Mr. Iocovozzi had the painting restored and framed prior to donating it in…

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The Start of the Eighth Air Force

On January 28, 1942, the Eighth Air Force was activated in the former National Guard Armory in downtown Savannah, Georgia.  Its mission held two critical components.  The first, destroy the German Luftwaffe…

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Swan Dive

  A February 28, 1944 press release from the 352nd Fighter Group focuses on Col. Joe L. Mason and a daring mission over Germany. Mason is highly praised as the article relates him to the Canadian Mounted Police, Scotland…

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Ace of the Month: Major James Howard

Major James Howard “ONE MAN AIR FORCE”  Medal of Honor Recipient  9thAF, WWII On January 11, 1944 Major Howard single-handedly flew his P-51 into some thirty Luftwaffe fighters that were attacking a formation of 8th Air Force B-17 Flying  Fortress bombers over Oschersleben, Germany. –…

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