MILLVILLE, N.J. — The Millville Army Air Field Museum (MAAFM) is inviting area World War II veterans to visit the museum to welcome the Collings Foundation’s “Wings of Freedom Tour” on Wednesday, August 28 to Friday, August 30.
The “Wings of Freedom” is squadron of rare World War II aircraft that include “Nine O Nine,” a restored B-17 Flying Fortress renamed to honor the famed World War II bomber that completed a record 140 combat missions without ever losing a crewman, a B-24J Liberator bomber, a B-25 Mitchell bomber, P-51 Mustang, and new this year a P-40 Warhawk.
“The Millville Army Air Field Museum is a true living history museum,” said Bob Trivellini, vice president of the MAAFM Board of Directors. “Last year, when these amazing aircraft visited, we welcomed a group of 28 World War II veterans, all in the nineties, who shared fascinating stories about their experiences during the war. This year, we hope that many more area veterans will come out to see these vintage warbirds and stop by the museum for a visit.”
MAAFM will also hold a special ceremony to honor all WWII veterans who can also share their experiences. They will also be able to tour the vintage aircraft.
The “Wings of Freedom Tour” is open to the public on the following dates and times:
• Aug. 28, from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m.
• Aug. 29, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
• Aug. 30, from 9 a.m. until noon
Trivellini coordinates the MAAFM Veteran Interview Project. Connected to a national initiative of the Library of Congress, the museum’s Veterans Interview Project allows area high school students to conduct video interviews of military veterans, preserving those unique historical perspectives for countless future generations. To date, the MAAFM has amassed a trove of over 150 veteran interviews, almost all of which are of WWII veterans.
There will be no charge to visit the museum and watch the ceremony. Tours of the aircraft are $15 for adults and $5 for children 12 years and younger.
If you are interested in attending the August 29 event call Lisa Jester, the executive director of MAAFM, at 856-327-2347 with your name so you can be added to the list.