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Night Missions over Phoenix in the C-47 Skytrain “Dakota”

Written By: Marion Cartland, AZ Veterans Connection On the eve of 30 December 2016, I had the wonderful opportunity and experience to be invited for a night flight over Phoenix. I was part of a group of passengers that were…

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Art Institute of Phoenix Photo Exhibit

February’s Special Museum Exhibit Students from the Phoenix Art Institute chose our planes for their final exam topic of “industrial photography.”  Stop by all February long and see our Warbirds from a new perspective. Name the photos and win! Before…

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Meet Legend Robert “Bob” Dickson

B-17 Pilot, POW 8th Air Force,  91st Bomb Group,  322nd Squadron, Bassingbourn, England This is an excerpt from the book “Mary Ruth” Memories of Mobile … We Still Remember on the mission in which Robert Dickson was shot down on December 1, 1943….

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Meet Legend Melvin Corley

On July 9, 1951, I’d flown three combat missions since early morning and thought I was through for the day. I’d told my crew chief to pull the Mustang’s cowl and check an oil leak we’d seen. I was in…

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Learn More About Our Legend Major George Semones

B-17G Bombardier 15th Air Force,  97th Bomb Group,  342nd Squadron Letter submitted by: JoAnn Semones, in memory of my father. I completed 50 combat missions which took place from May through September 1944 in the Mediterranean Theatre of War. We were based just…

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Learn More About Our Legend SSGT Paul Roberts

B-17G Ball Turret Gunner aboard Bombshell 8th Air Force, 390th Bomb Group KIA: December 1944 over Germany while on 23rd mission This letter is about the grandfather I never knew because SSGT. Paul Roberts was a ball turret gunner aboard the B-17G Bombshell that went…

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Learn More About Our Legend 1st Lt. Frank Doherty

Navigator on B-24 Lucky Strike 5th Air Force, 308th Bomb Group,  530th Squadron South Pacific These are the accounts of a mission to Celebes. Late in 1944 the island of Halmaheras was planned for landing by American Forces in the island leapfrogging to liberate…

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Volunteers Wanted

You might not think of the Arizona Commemorative Air Force Museum (AZCAF) as a place for women to volunteer. When you watch movies from the World War II era, men are usually the stars of the show, while the women…

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It’s Tradition – Time to Turn the Mug

In the movie “12 O’Clock High,” starring Gregory Peck and Dean Jagger, a mug called the toby mug signified that the aircrew had a bombing mission when the mug faced out. A member of the Commemorative Air Force Airbase Arizona…

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Welcoming Home our Bombers!

Every year our B-17 and B-25 leave in May to go on the Flying Legends of Victory tour of the U.S and Canada sharing their history with hundreds of thousands of people along the way. While we miss the while they’re…

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