Museum presents ‘The Eighth Air Force’

The Aviation Museum of New Hampshire’s Second Saturday series will present “The Eighth Air Force…Start Engines…Plus 50 Years” Jan. 11.

This video, produced by the Smithsonian, is among the best offerings illustrating the part played by the United States Eighth Air Force and World War II’s air war over Europe, according to museum officials. Vintage film footage and contemporary interviews with key veterans of the Eighth provide an insider’s glimpse into the war.

Survivors tell their stories of aerial combat and the many dangers they faced. Dealing with enemy fighters and flak, depending upon oxygen to be able to breathe five miles above the earth, and facing temperatures up to 50o below zero in nothing but a fleece-lined suit are only some of the challenges they faced. One tenth of the casualties of the war served in the Mighty Eighth Air Force.

The video will begin at 11 a.m. on Jan. 11 in the Devino classroom. Seating is limited and included in the price of museum admission and free to NHAHS members.

The Aviation Museum of NH is located at 27 Navigator Road in Londonderry.

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