Friday, 3 July 2009

2009 ASAA Forum - Part Two

As I mentioned yesterday, this years ASAA Forum was hosted by the The Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum, which is in Pooler, a few miles outside of Savannah, Georgia, USA.

175 Bourne Ave.
Pooler, GA

The museum extended us every courtesy, and in addition to allowing us to come and go as we pleased during opening hours also provided a conference room in which most of the academics were held and are also hosting this years ASAA art exhibition.

I'd like to take this opportunity to thank them for their terrific generosity and assistance.

The museum is very much about the people that served with the 8th AAF and its exhibits reflect their stories, acts of heroism, and sacrifice. However their pride and joy is the B-17G that they took delivery of in January this year.

The B-17 is undergoing complete restoration but is on display in the Combat gallery. Once the restoration is complete she will be painted in the colours of the 5000th aircraft to be processed through Hunter Army Air Field at Savannah during WWII and appropriately named "The City of Savannah". This aircraft then went on to serve with the 563rd BS from the 388th BG, and flew 44 combat missions.

Outside and accessed from the Combat Gallery are the beautiful Memorial Gardens. These gardens are a place for quiet reflection on the scarifies made, with the numerous wall plaques and memorials a powerful reminder of those that did not return home.

It seems appropriate to include a photo of the 56th FG memorial given they are the group portrayed in my painting on display in the art exhibition.
I'll leave covering the forums until tomorrow to stop this issue becoming too long

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