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History Presentation Lieutenant Boyd “Buzz” Wagner—The First Army Air Forces Ace of World War II

November 19

Saturday, November 19th

Museum Opens at 10:00am     Presentation Starts at 11:00am

Retired Air Force Colonel and fighter pilot Jim Moschgat will make a special presentation at the National Museum of World War II Aviation on Saturday, November 19 at 11:00 am summarizing his years research on the first Army Air Forces Ace of World War II.  Lieutenant Boyd “Buzz” Wagner commanded the 17th Pursuit Squadron flying Curtiss P-40 Warhawks when the Japanese attacked the Philippines on December 8th, 1941.  By December 18th, just ten days into the battle, Wagner had scored five aerial victories against Japanese fighters.  Moschgat will describe Wagner’s early life, his heroic combat in the Philippines and later in New Guinea, and his eventual death in early 1943 in an aircraft accident back in the U.S.  It was Moschgat who located the actual crash site and documented the details of Lieutenant Wagner’s last flight.  Don’t miss this interesting and informative presentation on one the unsung heroes of early WWII.  


November 19


The museum’s two F-7F Tigercats and P-38 Lightning will be on tour Saturday, November 12th through Thursday, December 8th. All other aircraft will be on display throughout this period.

The museum will be closed on the following days during the holiday season:
Thursday, November 24
Saturday, December 24
Sunday, December 25
Sunday, January 1
Happy Holidays!