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Mask Policy:
In accordance with the updated guidance released by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Department of Defense (DoD) and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force will require all visitors to wear face masks indoors effective July 30, 2021 until further notice.

Visitors ages three and up will be required to wear masks while indoors at the museum. This policy applies to all visitors, staff and volunteers regardless of vaccination status. Visitors may wear their own masks or a free paper mask will be provided. Cloth masks will also be available for purchase in the Museum Store.
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  • POW-Made Jacket, Cap and Gloves

    The donor made the jacket, cap and gloves from a GI blanket on a POW-constructed sewing machine while imprisoned at Mukden, Machuria. The donor was wearing the jacket in 1944 when B-29s made first bombing raids on Mukden. One B-29 was damaged and released its bombs, two of which fell on the POW camp. One bomb exploded near 20 POWs lying on the
  • President Ronald Reagan

    Several years after graduating from college and while employed as a sports announcer by a radio station in Iowa, Ronald Reagan began taking home-study U.S. Army Extension Courses. He enrolled in the program on March 18, 1935, and by December 1936, he had completed 14 courses. He then joined the Army's Enlisted Reserve Corps at Des Moines, Iowa, on
  • Political Pressure

    In the late 1930s, President Franklin D. Roosevelt anticipated that the U.S. could be drawn into a war in Europe. His administration began a pilot training program in 1938 to create a reserve of trained civilian fliers in case of a national emergency. African American leaders argued that blacks should share with whites the burden of defending the
  • Primary Evasion Lines in Western Europe

    The three major evasion lines in western Europe were the Pat Line (also known as the O'Leary or P.A.O. Line), the Comet Line and the Shelburne Line.Click here to return to Winged Boot: Escape and Evasion in World War II.
  • Post-War Testing and Development

    Germany's technologically advanced V-weapons foreshadowed weapons to come. Modern cruise missiles, nuclear ballistic missiles and space boosters were developed in part from V-weapon experience.During World War II, German technicians were well ahead of the Allies in making advanced rockets and flying bombs. While the Allies concentrated on making
  • P-47 Armor Plate

    Note:  This item has temporarily been removed from display. Most tactical fighter-bomber units flew the Thunderbolt, which was an excellent aircraft for the mission. One important feature of the P-47 was its ruggedness, due in part to armor plating in vital areas. These pieces of armor protected the pilot from the front and from behind.Click here
  • Ploesti Mission Details

    The information and maps on this page are from: Army Air Force Reference History The Ploesti Mission of 1 August 1943 (short title AAFRH-3) prepared June 1944 Click on one of the links below to view tables related to the Ploesti mission.Target and Target Forces PlansBomb Load PlanOperational Record of Ploesti MissionClick here to return to the
  • Ploesti

    While Allied and Axis forces were battling in Sicily, the USAAF staged one of the war's most daring heavy bomber raids. The target was the Ploesti oil fields in Rumania, estimated to be supplying 60 percent of Germany's crude oil requirements.Shortly after dawn on Aug. 1, 1943, USAAF B-24s took off from bases in Libya and headed northward toward
  • Pantelleria

    The capture of the islands of Pantelleria and Lampedusa, lying in the Mediterranean Sea between North Africa and Sicily, was vital to protect the flank of the planned invasion of Sicily. Geographic features made Pantelleria easily defended against an amphibious assault, so on May 18, 1943, an almost daily aerial bombardment began to pound the
  • Papua

    In July 1942 enemy troops on the Papuan peninsula on the northeast coast of New Guinea began an advance across the Owen Stanley Mountains against Port Moresby. Exhausted Australian ground forces, reinforced by troops flown to the scene, halted the enemy less than 30 miles from Port Moresby and then took the offensive. By January 1943, the Allies
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