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43rd Bombardment Group Reenactment and Lecture Program

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43rd Bombardment Group Reenactment and Lecture Program

 

U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center

950 Soldiers Drive, Carlisle

Saturday and Sunday, July 28 & 29, 2018

 

 

The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) and the Army Heritage Center Foundation are pleased to announce a special program commemorating the service of the 43rd Bombardment Group during WWII.  The weekend program is in support of the 43rd Bombardment Group Association’s 2018 reunion and will include a lecture series and a reenactment on both Saturday and Sunday, July 28 & 29, 2018.  The Association invites the public to this free event. 

 

The 43rd Bombardment Group assigned to the 5th Air Force entered combat in September 1942. From then until November 1944, the group operated in support of the campaign in New Guinea, first from Australia, then from New Guinea and Owi Island, concentrated in particular in attacks on shipping vessels. The unit experimented with low level skip bombing using this tactic at the Battle of the Bismarck Sea, March 2-4, 1943 with some success. The Group received a Distinguished Unit Citation (DUC) for its efforts during this battle. In November 1944, the group moved to the Philippines, helping the ground campaign at Luzon as well as conducting strategic bombing missions against targets in China and Formosa. Finally in July 1945, the group moved to Le Shima, from where it flew missions over Japan attacking shipping vessels as well as airfields and railways. 

The lectures will occur in the Visitor and Education Center of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center and the reenactment on the Army Heritage Trail. 

Free lectures.  Lectures will occur both Saturday and Sunday.

·       Saturday, 10:30 a.m.:  Larry Lewis:  Sadie’s Boys which is the story of his father who as a member of Co I, 3rd Bn, 415th Infantry,  104th Infantry Division was captured on December 3, 1944 near Lucherberg, Germany and his uncle a B-17 Navigator and member of the 43rd Bombardment Group that went missing over New Guinea.

·       Saturday, 1:00 p.m.:  Bob Drury and Jim Rembisz.  Bob Drury is the author of the Lucky 666: The Impossible Mission which is the story of the only double Medal of Honor mission in the history of the Air Force.  Jim Rembisz is the nephew of Joseph Sarnoski who was one of the airmen to receive the Medal of Honor.

·       Saturday, 3:00 p.m.: David Allen Lambert will speak on Researching U.S. and Canadian WWI Veterans.  Lambert has been on the staff of the New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston Massachusetts since 1993 and is the organization’s Chief Genealogist. He is an internationally recognized speaker on the topics of genealogy and history and an elected Fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society in Boston, Mass., as well as a life member of the New Hampshire Society of the Cincinnati. He serves as the Registrar of the Massachusetts Sons of the Revolution and the State Historian for the Massachusetts Sons of the American Revolution.  He is also the tribal genealogist for the Massachusett-Punkapoag Indians of Massachusetts.

·      Sunday, 1:00 p.m.: David Allen Lambert Researching American WWII Veterans

·      Sunday, 3:00 p.m.:  Dr. Michael Spradlin:  Author of the Sons of the 43rd: The Story of Delmar Dotson, Gray Allison, and the Men of the 43rd Bombardment Group in the Southwest Pacific.

 

The Reenactment.  The reenactment will occur at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center on both Saturday and Sunday on the Army Heritage Trail.  The reenactors will recreate the group’s headquarters and mission briefs for air attacks that occurred during the Battle of the Bismarck Sea, which occurred in the Southwest Pacific in March 1943.  These air attacks resulted in significant losses to the Japanese Army. 

 

Schedule of Events:

o   Saturday:  10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Open to the public

§  2:00 p.m.: Full squadron air mission brief for a target in support of the Battle of the Bismarck Sea

o   Sunday:  Noon to 5:00 p.m.

§  Noon:  Church Service by former Army Chaplain Dr. Michael Spradlin using sermon preached during WWII by the Chaplain of the 43rd.

§  2:00 p.m.:  Mission Brief

 

After visiting the reenactment or attending one of the lectures, feel free to visit USAHEC’s exhibits, including the Soldier Experience Gallery, the “Battle Babies” art exhibit, and the World War I exhibit, entitled “Goodbye Broadway, Hello France.” You can also grab lunch at Café Cumberland from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., or browse the book selection found at the museum bookstore. Parking is free, and the USAHEC facility is handicap accessible.

 

 

For more information about the Center please visit their website at www.USAHEC.org or the Foundation’s website at www.armyheritage.org.

 

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