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.
More photos here: Link to all photos

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