(POOLER, GA) The National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force and Congregation Mickve Israel of Savannah have a long and solemn connection. On March 2, 1945, an 8th Air Force B-17 bomber and its crew were shot down and crashed in the tiny Bohemian village of Slany, Czechoslovakia. Eight airmen were killed, one was taken Prisoner of War. Europe was under the siege of Hitler, so curators for the Jewish Museum gathered up Torahs to be classified and catalogued. These became known as the ‘Czech Holocaust Torahs’, and were later distributed throughout the world. The one from Slany was loaned to Congregation Mickve Israel through a trust. This year on the anniversary of that B-17 being shot down in Slany, Temple Mickve Israel is commemorating the connection with the Mighty Eighth with a special Shabbat service. Rabbi Robert Haas will use the precious Slany Holocaust Torah from Mickve Israel for the service at the Chapel of the Fallen Eagles in the Memorial Garden at the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force.