Victor Nicoletti is a WWII Veteran and also happens to be one of our wonderful volunteers here at the Museum. Honor Flight Network took Mr. Nicoletti to the WWII Memorial in Washington D.C. Honor Flight is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing veterans with honor and closure.
The Museum of Aviation is very proud to have a number of veterans serve as our volunteers. This is one of our volunteers, Gene Doyle, who told us his story about being a POW during the Korean War.
The following is some history of the airfield and some of the childhood memories he had of growing up during the war with the arrival of the Americans and the B-17 Flying Fortress. Suffolk had seen nothing like it before!
It’s easy for many in the United States to feel detached from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Unless you are a veteran, live near a military base, or have a relative, friend, coworker, or neighbor who served or is serving, then it’s possible that the wars have been little more than impersonal affairs on the other side of the planet that you saw or heard something about from time to time.
I came upon a story recently about the first United States Army Air Forces officer killed in the European Theater during World War II—Lt Col Townsend Griffiss. The story appeared in the UK Mail Online but it probably won’t show up in the U.S. except maybe up in Buffalo, New York, where he was born.