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Retired colonel to discuss World War II Operation Lusty

DAYTON, Ohio -- Wolfgang Samuel, a German immigrant and retired Air Force colonel, presents "American Raiders: The Race to Capture the Luftwaffe's Secrets" at 7:30 p.m., March 21, at the National Museum of the United States Air Force.

During his presentation, Col. Samuel uses official Air Force records and survivors' interviews to tell the story of the disarmament of the once mighty German Luftwaffe and to discuss Operation Lusty.

Col. Samuel was born in Strasburg, Germany, in 1935 and entered the United States in 1951 as a 16-year-old refugee. He settled with his mother and stepfather in Denver.

During his 30 years in the USAF, Col. Samuel served as an enlisted man and officer. In the Cold War, he flew more than 100 strategic reconnaissance missions as an electronic warfare officer in RB-47H aircraft. In Vietnam, he flew 77 combat missions in EB-66 electronic countermeasure and reconnaissance aircraft. He also served as chief commander of the Foreign Technology Division (now National Air and Space Intelligence Center) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. In addition, he had a four-year assignment as air operations staff officer at Headquarters USAF in Europe, and he served on two separate occasions on the Air Staff at the Pentagon. While at the Pentagon, he authored a study titled Soviet Armored Attack - A Concept with a Fatal Flaw and directed the Air Force 2000 study, which attempted to define for the Air Force future threats to the security of the United States.

After his retirement from the Air Force in 1985, Col. Samuel worked for eight years at the E-Systems/Raytheon Corp. in Falls Church, Va., as a reconnaissance systems program manager. He retired in 1993 to devote himself to writing and his family. Col. Samuel has published four books: German Boy, I Always Wanted to Fly, The War of Our Childhood, and American Raiders: The Race to Capture the Luftwaffe's Secrets.

This lecture is part of the museum's "Wings & Things" Guest Lecture Series. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the lecture is in Carney Auditorium. For more information or special seating arrangements, contact the museum's Special Events Division at (937) 255-8046, ext. 312. Filming or videotaping the lecture is prohibited.

The National Museum of the United States Air Force is located on Springfield Pike, six miles northeast of downtown Dayton. It is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day). Admission and parking are free.


NOTE TO MEDIA: For more information, contact the National Museum of the United States Air Force Public Affairs Division at (937) 255-4704, ext. 333.

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