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Here is Birthday boy Andres (lead mechanic) winding up the rubber band. ...

Our lead mechanic Andres Morales has a birthday today! Happy B-Day Andres. Give him a pat on the back if you see him in Salem, OR today. ...

A big thank you for all the folks in the Eureka area for taking the time to come visit the tour! There until 12 noon, then off to Corvallis. ...

I exited the John Muir Medical Center in Concord, Ca.. as I approached the crew van, I discovered a note affixed to the van. My first thought was; there must be damage involved! 😱 The note reads as follows; “@ 19 years old, my dad flew 66 missions into France and Italy, out of Corsica- WWII. Earned Silver Star out of 2300 men! Thanks for honoring them! God Bless!” This is a modest tribute to the Collings Family, the Collings Foundation, its mission, and all those that carry it out! After all the highs and lows of volunteering and life on the road, one never knows when or where, a token of inspiration, an impact on someone’s life, a modicum kindness, or a thank you may occur. To whom ever penned this missive, Bless you and yours. Special Thanks to the courage of your dad, and all those who fought, served, and supported, the effort to mold this Country, May they never be forgotten! ...

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On June 5, 2019, Gordon Boultbee and Bill Traverso brought WWII Veteran, Lt. Albert Maggini (pic below) to the Wings of Freedom Tour, at the Charles Schultz airport in Sonoma County, Ca., to see the “909,” B17, as well as the Navigators seat similar to the one he served in. Lt. Maggini served as a B17 Navigator in the Mighty 8th, 351 Bomb Group, during WWII. Lt. Maggini is 103 years of age today. Lt. Maggini shook my hand and stated, “I will be 104 in September, if I make it.” I can assure you that if his firm handshake was any indication, Lt. Maggini will make it to 104, and beyond.

The 351st Bomb Group is the same unit Clark Gabel was in, but not at the same time, recalls Lt. Maggini.

Lt. Maggini enter service in 1944, completing 35 missions and returning home in just prior to the end of the war in 1945. Lt Maggini earned the Air Medal and five clusters. Lt. Maggini was to be awarded the Flying Cross for extending his enlistment, but decided returning to his darling wife was award enough!

Lt. Maggini recalled being “Hit” and losing the #1 engine, and significant damage to the #2 engine. The option was to ditch the plane in the North Sea or try to land in Brussels. Brussels it was, “We would not have survived ditching in the North Sea,” recalls Lt Maggini! He laughingly stated; “some of the men wanted to stay because of all the women,” but he had no part in that! Lt. Maggini said the crew was picked up two days before the Germans took Brussels.

Lt. Maggini stated the worst “flack” he encountered was over the oil refineries, indicated they lost approximately 9 out of 36, B17 aircraft during each raid. After returning from a bombing run over Cologne, Lt. Maggini was presented with a piece of flack discovered lodged in his Navigator’s desk, by a ground crew member that inspected the aircraft upon its return. Lt. Maggini carries that fragment today (see pic).

Lt Maggini flew in the B17, named “Black Magic.” Lt. Maggini reported that some time later, “Black Magic” was lost during a crash landing in Belgium!

Lt. Maggini is a true hero and inspiration. I am honored and pleased to introduce him to you today! Thank you for your service sir!
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Battle for the Airfield / American Heritage Museum Preview Weekend

October 6, 2018 @ 8:30 am - October 7, 2018 @ 4:30 pm

$20 – $35

Collings Foundation - Battle for the Airfield - Saturday afternoon battle re-enactment. -The Collings Foundation is hosting a WWII reenactment and WWII Veterans round table discussion October 6th and 7th, 2018. There will be over 300 re-enactors representing several branches of Allied and Axis military participating in an amazing re-enactment. Fully restored military equipment of all kinds will be on display and participating in a dynamic educational living history event. Some of the vintage equipment includes tanks, cannons, troop carriers, half tracks, aircraft and support supplies. Allied and Axis camps were set up with authentic materials and appearance. Re-enactors act as docents who share a wealth of information about life as a WWII military person.

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World War II Veterans from all ranks and branches of service will participate in a round table discussion each day of the event. Each veteran will spend time talking about his and her experiences of survival and perseverance during WWII. This is an incredible opportunity to learn first-hand from those who bravely fought.

AMERICAN HERITAGE MUSEUM PREVIEW WEEKEND
Each event ticket includes an admission ticket for the new American Heritage Museum featuring the Jacques M. Littlefield Collection of military vehicles, tanks, and armor on the Collings Foundation campus. This 78,000 square foot facility features over 85 artifacts, tanks, and vehicles from the Revolutionary War through the modern age including an extensive World War II exhibit gallery.

The American Heritage Museum will be open weekly after the event from Thursday through Sunday until November 25th for the 2018 preview season. As this is the first preview weekend of the museum, we are expecting maximum capacity – your included ticket may be redeemed at the event or at any open weekend after the event until November 25th.

More information on the American Heritage Museum will be found after we launch the new museum website in mid-September, so watch this space or “Like” the American Heritage Museum Facebook page for updates as we get closer to opening at: https://www.facebook.com/americanheritagemuseum

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EVENT LOCATION AND PARKING
The Battle for the Airfield / American Heritage Museum Opening Weekend will take place at the Collings Foundation campus as in previous years, but access will be from our new access road from Main Street in Hudson, MA. Please point your GPS to:

Collings Foundation / American Heritage Museum
568 Main Street
Hudson, MA 01749
(Google Map Link Here)

NOTE: There will be NO ACCESS from Barton Road off Lake Boon.

Parking is in a grass field, so please use an appropriate vehicle to attend. There will be designated handicapped and motorcycle parking. Please note that parking tends to reach capacity around 30 minutes before each of the scheduled re-enactments, so please plan to arrive early.

DAILY EVENT SCHEDULE (October 6th and 7th)

8:30am – Gates Open – All re-enactor camps, hangar, and automobile collection open.
9:00am – American Heritage Museum open.
11:00am – First WWII Re-enactment of the day (40 minutes).
1:00pm – Veterans Roundtable and Presentation in Hangar (90 minutes).
3:00pm – Second WWII Re-enactment of the day (40 minutes).
3:30pm – Last admission into the American Heritage Museum.
4:30pm – Event ends, all buildings closed.

ADMISSION AND TICKETS
Daily admission on the day of the event is: Adults: $35.00 / Children Under 12: $20.00
The admission gate is on the access road entering the parking area. Cash is preferred.

Adults: $35.00 / Children Under 12: $20.00
ADMISSION AT THE GATE ONLY

 For more information call 978-562-9182.

Details

Start:
October 6, 2018 @ 8:30 am
End:
October 7, 2018 @ 4:30 pm
Cost:
$20 – $35
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Venue

American Heritage Museum / Collings Foundation
568 Main Street
Hudson, MA 01749 United States
Phone:
978-562-9182
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