Army Air Forces Heavy Bombers and Winning World War II

Take a journey back in time and dive into the heroic tales of the fearless men who flew the B-17s and B-24s during World War II. Join us as we unravel the untold stories of the United States Army Air Forces’ strategic bombing campaign from historians and curators from the National Museum of the United States Air Force (NMUSAF) and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) History Office. The presenters will reveal the challenges and triumphs of aerial warfare during World War II, making connections to the Apple TV show Masters of the Air and our latest special exhibition, Lost Man Blues: Jon Schueler – Art and War.

The evening will include a panel discussion, display of original images from the NMUSAF’s Memphis Belle exhibit, and time for audience Q&A.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Jeff Duford is currently a Senior Historian in the Air Force Research Laboratory History Office at Wright-Patterson AFB, OH.  He has studied air power history and technology for more than 45 years and participated in several national and international television documentary productions, most recently the Smithsonian Channel series “Air Warriors.” Before joining AFRL in 2021, Mr. Duford was a curator and historian at the National Museum of the USAF for more than 20 years.  While at the NMUSAF, he was the lead curator and project manager for the Memphis Belle Project, curated numerous exhibits across the Museum, worked closely with the Museum’s Restoration Division on more than 60 aircraft projects, and developed the layout and storyline for the Museum’s exhibit galleries.

Dr. Doug Lantry has been a curator at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, USA, since 2000, and also serves as the museum’s historian. His curatorial focus areas include space and missiles, strategic nuclear deterrence, the First World War, the Korean War, and the Southeast Asia War. He received his Ph.D. in the History of Technology with a certificate in Museum Studies from the University of Delaware as a fellow in the UD-Hagley Program in the History of American Industrialization. He also is a retired U.S. Air Force Reserve historian, serving at Headquarters U.S. Air Force and U.S. Strategic Command, with deployments supporting operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait, and Qatar.

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April 25, 2024


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