On March 18, 1943, seventy-six B-17 bombers, accompanied by twenty-seven B-24 bombers, departed England for a daring daylight bombing mission against U-Boat pens in Vegesack, near Bremen, close to the North Sea coast of Germany.
The date September 2nd, 1945, marks a momentous occasion for veterans and family members of America’s Greatest Generation. On this date, known as VJ Day, the Allied powers celebrated victory over the Japanese Empire and the formal end of World War II. The United States emerged from this epic struggle as the unchallenged leader of the free world and the champion of democratic institutions across the globe.
On May 11, 2001 a group of 12 restored Mitchell B-25’s took off from Fresno airport on a circuitous route to commemorate Doolittle’s raid on Japan of April 18, 1942. Among the planes was Lyon Air Museum’s Guardian of Freedom. Complete with fighter escort the group flew over Central Valley, the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and over a replica of the USS Hornet anchored at Alameda in San Francisco Bay. [The original aircraft carrier Hornet was sunk in The Battle of Santa Cruz in the Solomon Islands October 26, 1942].
Lyon Air Museum Docent Bud Carter vividly remembers when, as a young teenager, his life changed forever. “On December 6, 1941 my biggest worry was whether or not my high school girlfriend was going to go to a school dance with me the following week. The next day, December 7, my biggest worry became how I was going to fight for my country. When I went to school the following Monday, half the boys were gone. They were in Los Angeles, enlisting in the military. In one weekend, my life and the course of this entire country changed forever.”
To commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Pearl Harbor Attack, Lyon Air Museum has completed a new historical display that celebrates the contribution of naval aviation to America’s victory in the Pacific during World War II. This is the first of two historical displays that will chronicle the Air War in the Pacific. Part II of the exhibit, now in development, will tell the story of the U.S. Army Air Forces in the Pacific Theater of Operations.
Between 1942 and 1952 American Servicemen brought home 100,000 brides from their overseas deployments. Women from 50 different countries – England, France, Belgium, Italy, Austria, Germany, Japan waited up to nine months for transportation to the United States to begin their life as war brides. They didn’t bring much with them and they were not always welcomed. Single American women resented them and civilians criticized the trend. Uncle Sam tried to discourage the action by imposing many restrictions.
The Wings of Freedom Tour of the WWII Vintage B-17 Flying Fortress, B-24 Liberator, B-25 Mitchell and P-51 Mustang Announce Unique Display in Santa Ana at John Wayne-Orange County Airport from May 4 to May 8
Lyon Air Museum has recently placed in service a new interactive display that pays tribute to recipients of the nation's highest award for valor, the Congressional Medal of Honor. This new display, hosted on a computer-based kiosk, provides visitors access to a wealth of historical information about some of America’s greatest military heroes. The exhibit content is professionally produced and presented in the form of text, graphics, audio narrative and video excerpts that can be easily searched and viewed.