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Striking Back – February 1943 to June 1944

This gallery explores the evolution of American and Allied airpower during the critical period from early 1943 through the spring of 1944 as the Allies went on the offensive against Germany, Italy and Japan.  Visitors learn about the effort to develop an effective strategic bombing program and to gain the air superiority needed to support the advancement of Allied ground and naval forces.

Key events in this gallery include the invasions of Sicily and Italy, the battle to protect supply lines to China, successes in the carrier war and island-hopping campaign in the Pacific, and the build-up of strategic bombing capability in Europe.

Striking Back is the story of how aviation shifted the balance of power in Europe, the Pacific and the CBI, and its critical importance to the advancement of Allied forces on all fronts.

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.