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Controlling the Skies – June 1944 to September 1945

This gallery examines the last stage of the war as the build-up of American airpower led to Allied dominance in the skies over Europe and the Pacific.  Visitors will learn how advancements in aviation technology and production led to air supremacy in all theaters, and ultimate victory on the ground.

Key events in this gallery include the invasions of Normandy and Southern France, the push across Europe into Germany, the final stages of the carrier war and the island-hopping campaign in the Pacific, and ultimate victory worldwide.

Controlling the Skies tells the story of the last phase of the air war, and the role that American airpower played in the Allied victory over Germany and Japan.

The National Museum of WW II Aviation features WWII-era veterans!!

SUNDAY AUGUST 16TH

There are few WWII-era veterans left, and the National Museum of World War II Aviation is providing an opportunity for the community to meet-and-greet some of these honored WWII veterans.

Sunday, August 16, 2020 - 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The National Museum of World War II Aviation
775 Aviation Way, Colorado Springs, 80916

Scheduled to appear are:
Ed Beck—Army POW captured during the Battle of the Bulge who escaped from captivity.
Marilyn Doenges—Army nurse who served in the UK and Northern France
JJ Inman—P-51 pilot who flew missions in China
Noe Romero—Served on the U.S.S Yorktown at the Battle of Midway
Bill Roche—B-17 waist gunner who was shot down by German aircraft twice.
Cole “Junior” Griego—U.S. Navy Medic in the Battle of Iwo Jima

Advance admission purchases are advised for this event because advance ticket holders will be given priority to enter the museum. Appropriate social distancing and face masks will be required and strictly enforced.**

Historic note: 75 years ago on August 14, 1945 the Japanese surrendered, and hostilities in WWII ceased. The formal surrender of Japanese forces was signed Sept. 2, 1945.