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First day of the tour and we’re heading to Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport 💁 see you there!! ...

Hi everyone from New Smyrna Beach!! Tour starts tomorrow 💁 ...

One of the most fantastic gentlemen and great friend Mr. Irwin Stovroff passed away. Irwin was a part of the Foundation for countless years. A true advocate for our Veterans, preserving WWII history and touched everyone he met.

STOVROFF, IRWIN J
Boca Raton, Florida
8-10- 1922- 1-16- 18

Irwin was born in Buffalo, NY and lived in Youngstown, OH and Greensboro, NC. He was a Jewish Prisoner of War in Germany during WWII. Wherever he went, he went with all his heart. Irwin’s philosophy in life was that people matter, not things and he put that frame of thought to work helping other veterans at the West Palm Beach Veteran’s Hospital and Co-Founding Vets Helping Heroes, which raises funds for veterans in need of Service Dogs.

Survived by Suzy, [Michael] Strella, and companion of many years, Doris Tamarkin.

Son of Max and Bertha Stovroff, [deceased], married to Sterra Penner Stovroff, [deceased], father of Jill Feldman [deceased], brother to Mort [deceased] and [Joan], Stovroff.

An extraordinary life:
2nd Lieutenant Irwin Stovroff, 506 Squadron, 44 th Bomb Group, POW Stalag Luft 1, Purple Heart recipient

Graduated from University of Illinois

Worked for family retail furniture business in Youngstown, Ohio and then Thomasville Furniture International until retirement at age 75.

Volunteered as National Service Officer for Ex-POW’s at Palm Beach VA Hospital

9/2000 Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross presented by Senator John McCain

1/2002 President’s Call to Service Award from the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation, from George Bush

3/21/2008 by order of President Sarkozy of the French Republic he was presented the Legion of Honor medal.

10/2009 Congressional Record, Wounded Warriors K-9 Corps Act [Instrumental in legally allowing Service Dogs for veterans with physical and mental disabilities.] With Honorable Ron Klein, Senator Al Franken and Congressman Ed Whitfield.

President Obama signed into law the Defense Authorization Act of 2010, supporting Wounded Warrior K-9 Corps Act inspired by Irwin Stovroff

3/18/2013 Congressional Record honored his work that provided Veterans with Service Dogs.

4/22/13 Proclamation By Mayor Steve Abrams & Congressman Ted Deutch, Irwin Stovroff Day Boca Raton

4/30/15 FAU Awarded Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters

Honored at Avenue of 444 Flags, Hermitage, PA, [where 444 days Americans were held hostage in Iran]

Featured in documentaries, “A Gift of Life”, “Shot Up and Shot Down” & “Bagels Over Berlin”

Featured in Gerald Astor’s book, “The Mighty Eighth”

Featured in Tracy Libby’s book, “Reporting for Duty”

Irwin’s biography, L.A. Weiser’s book, “An Extraordinary Life… Gone to the Dogs”

Irwin has been a part of the Wings of Freedom Tour since the start.
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B-17 Flying Fortress Bomber Crew Training Program

May 30, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - June 1, 2017 @ 7:00 pm

$4000

B-17 Flying Fortress / B-24 Liberator Bomber Crew Training Program
Stockton, California – May 30th to June 1st

Do you remember watching Twelve O’clock High or Memphis Belle? Have your ever imagined what it would be like to train for – and fly – your own mission in the legendary B-17 Flying Fortress “Nine 0 Nine?” The Collings Foundation will be offering a very unique two-day program in which you do just that! No doubt, this is one of the most amazing living history programs you will ever experience! Space is limited. We are now accepting reservations. Email

Base Location:
Stockton Municipal Airport / Stockton Field Aviation Museum Hangar, Stockton California.

Target:
Top Secret Classified Information. Crew will be issued mission and target objectives on completion of crew training.

Cost:
$4,000 per person. Includes accommodations and food for two nights, materials, ammunition, and support supplies. Trainees must arrange travel to hotel. Transportation to and from training facilities will be arranged. Age restrictions: 16 yrs. and older. 16 yrs. to 18yrs. has to be accompanied by legal adult guardian .

50LoadDay One: Pre-Mission Training
* Basic outline of course and goals.
* WWII Heavy Bomber history, theaters of operation and primary missions.
* Identification of crew positions and duties.
* Crew member orientation to essential equipment.
* Bombardier and turret training.
* Gunnery orientation.
* Target practice.

ordinanceDay Two: Briefing and Mission Orders are Issued
* Refresher course / Q & A.
* Commanding Officer will brief the crew on the day’s mission.
* Suit up and drive to the aircraft in bomb crew truck.
* Pre flight and further briefing on flight, mission and crew position.
* Load aircraft ordinance and prepare equipment.
* Fly the mission. – Hit the target and get back to base alive!
* Mission de-briefing.

Some details:
The crew will be staying at the Holiday Inn Express, Manteca. Crew must be checked in the night of May 30th. The program starts early AM on May 31st. Each crew member will receive training materials, flight suit, eye and ear protection etc. Live rounds will be used at gunnery range and blanks will be used during the mission. Each crew member will be issued: 50 rounds / 50 cal. blank, 10 rounds / 50 cal. live, 15 shot gun rounds, shotgun and targets. Additional ammo will be available for purchase at location. Mission flight time will be approximately 1 hour. 250 lb. dummy bombs will be dropped on a target from the B-17 Flying Fortress “Nine 0 Nine.” Crew members perform a task in each position on an approximate 5-10 minute rotation.

50% deposit is required on sign up. Deposit is non-refundable unless we have to cancel camp. (Reason for this: We have to purchase supplies and materials in advance). Space is limited. To make reservations for the B-17 / B-24 Bomber Crew Training Camp email Major William Gaston at arizonagroundcrew@cox.net

Details

Start:
May 30, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
End:
June 1, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Cost:
$4000
Event Category:

Venue

B-17 / B-24 Bomber Training Program
Stockton, CA United States + Google Map
Phone:
800-568-8924
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