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New Exhibit Honors 345th Air Apaches of World War II

  • New Exhibit Honors 345th Air Apaches of World War II
    A Japanese ship being attacked by a B-25 Mitchell from the 345th Air Apaches in 1945.
July 18, 2015 - A new museum exhibit about one of the most distinguished bomb groups of World War II will debut during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015. The 345th Bomb Group helped develop the technique of low-level bombing and strafing in the Pacific theater.

Their heavily armed B-25 Mitchell bombers blazed a trail from Australia north to the Japanese islands. Because each aircraft had a rear-facing aerial camera, their exploits produced some of the most dramatic photographs of the air war.

The public is cordially invited to attend the opening ceremony and be among the first to view the displays on Tuesday, July 21, at 11 a.m. in the EAA AirVenture Museum’s Telling Gallery.

The new exhibit uses many of these images to illustrate the devastating blows the Air Apaches inflicted on the Japanese bases, dropping demolition and fragmentation bombs backed up by a torrent of .50-caliber machine gun fire. Artifacts and videos tell the stories of the brave crews who flew these unforgiving treetop-level missions. A special area of the exhibit honors those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

 

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