National Museum of U.S. Air Force to commemorate D-Day with ‘Plane Talks’ event

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FAIRBORN, Ohio (WDTN) — The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force will commemorate the anniversary of D-Day with a special event Wednesday.

The museum will host a “Plane Talks” event, with veterans stationed at aircraft throughout the museum. The event is from 10:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, the 74th anniversary of D-Day.

D-Day refers to the June 6, 1944, landing of Allied troops in France to begin the liberation from Nazi occupation, leading to the end of the war in Europe in May 1945.

Among the veterans scheduled to be on-hand are retired Air Force pilots Lt. Col. Jack Hampshire and Maj. Jack Kunz, who have flown aircraft such as the B-25 and C-47, retired Army paratrooper, Maj. John Retterer, who will offer insight into the C-46 and Navy electrician mate, EM3 Kirk Baylor, who will discuss his experience with the P-61.

A civilian observer, Alexandra Moore, who lived in the coastal city of Portsmouth, England, (home of the Royal Navy) will discuss her first-hand experience of seeing the German Luftwaffe target her city in 1944. Former museum curator, Joe Ventolo will also be on hand, speaking about the B-24 exhibit.

The experts are available for questions. They’ll also share personal stories and offer first-hand knowledge about the aircraft and exhibits.

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