Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum

Next in the series of historical sites on my trip to Savannah.  This is the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum.  This museum is mainly focused on Eighth Air Force history in WWII.  For those that do not know, this group was stationed in England in WWII focused on daylight bombing of targets in Germany.  The main bomber used by the Eighth Air Force was the B-17.  This was a good museum.  Not a lot large museum with not many planes, but it was told by a volunteer to a group of us that the museum is more a memorial than a museum to those that fought in the Eighth Air Force.  I really took my time at this museum as I had the whole afternoon before I had to get to the airport.  I was probably there for 2.5 hours.  It can easily be done in less time.  This is not a museum to see planes, but to get a sense of what the Eighth Air Force is all about.

Each of the lights on the map is a 8th Air Force airfield in WWII.  Impressive.

Example of just part of an airfield.

Not an 8th Air Force diorama, but B-24 bomber raid on Ploesti Oil Fields.

Mig-17A painted up as North Vietnamese fighter.
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Saturday, July 5, 2014

Old Fort Jackson

The second fort I visited near Savannah, Georgia was Old Fort Jackson.  It dates back to the War of 1812.  The current configuration of the fort is post War of 1812 construction.  The fort was used in the War of 1812 and the American Civil War.  The fort was never assaulted.  If in the area, it is worth a quick visit.  It only took me about half an hour to walk around the fort, as it is fairly small.

War of 1812 layout

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Fort Pulaski

Last week I was in Savannah, Georgia and had a day to visit some historic sites.  Fort Pulaski was built to guard the river approaches to Savannah.  It was complete in 1847.  In 1861 the fort was seized by Confederate forces.  A year later after a 30 hour bombardment by Union forces, the fort surrendered.  The damage on the fort walls dates back to that bombardment.  This fort is well worth visiting.  I took my time walking around the fort and it only took about 2.5 hours to see everything.

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