MID-ATLANTIC AIR MUSEUM'S
27th ANNIVERSARY
WORLD WAR II WEEKEND
 

"A GATHERING OF WARBIRDS"
 June 2 - 3 - 4, 2017

 SPECIAL GUESTS

UPDATED February 20, 2017




IN MEMORIAM TO OUR FRIENDS AND HEROES WHO HAVE ANSWERED THE LAST BUGLE CALL


 


What follows is a partial roster of our scheduled Special Guests for the upcoming WWII Weekend.  As the show draws near and others are confirmed we'll add them, so please check back to see what other guests are coming.

WWII Weekend guest speaker's schedules will be posted at each speaker's venue at the show.  At other times, many of these veterans will be available to meet and sign autographs at tables in the main hangar.  In some cases an autograph fee may be charged by the Special Guest.

Guests are scheduled to appear all three days, except as noted in their details, below.

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Hershel "Woody" Williams

Sergeant, USMC, 1st Bn, 21st Marines, 3rd Marine Div.

Awarded the Medal of Honor
for actions in the Battle of Iwo Jima

appearing  Saturday & Sunday


 

Dr. William L. Stearman

US Naval Officer, 7th Amphibious Force, Pacific, Nine Assault Landings

Advisor to Presidents Nixon, Ford, Reagan, and Bush

Son of the inventor of the Stearman Kaydett Trainer
 

appearing  Saturday & Sunday

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Nathan Kline

Major, USAAF, 454th Sqdn, 323rd Bomb Group, 9th AF

B-26 Bombardier, 65 Combat Missions, including the Normandy Invasion. Shot down twice in one week.

appearing Saturday

 

Richard Boyd

Flt. Lt. DFC, R.A.F. No. 195 Squadron, No. 3 Group, Bomber Command

Lancaster Pilot, 33 Missions over Germany and France


Bill Gorden

Lt., USN, U.S.S. Hancock

F6F Hellcat Pilot


U.S.S. Hancock CV-19

 

Edward McElduff

LTJG, USN

D-Day Veteran

 

 

Art Staymates

1Lt, USA, 26th Inf. Regt., 1st Inf. Div.

D-Day Invasion veteran; battlefield commission; wounded twice; was in charge of guarding the top 12 criminals at the Nuremberg trials.


Martin Fleisher

1st LT, USAAF, 397th Bomb Group, 9th AF

B-26 Pilot, 65 Combat Missions, including Normandy through the Battle of the Bulge


Ethan Smith

1st Lt, USAAF, 4th Squadron, 52nd Fighter Group

P-51 Pilot

 


Carl Constein

Lieutenant, USAAF Air Transport Command

Veteran pilot of 96 flights "over the Hump" in the China-Burma-India Campaign.

Author of "Born to Fly The Hump"

appearing Saturday & Sunday


C-46 Commando #018

Ted Rogal   

Lieutenant, USAAF B-24 Pilot

Ploesti Oil Fields Raid Veteran

 
 

Matt Gutman

CPO, USN, Coxswain on Landing Ship Tank LST-553

Supported Peleliu, Leyte, Mindoro, Lingayen Gulf, Subic Bay, and Okinawa Landings

appearing Saturday & Sunday

 

 

Thomas Hoke

SSGT, USA, Combat Medic, 312th Medical Bn. Co C 347th Inf Regt, 87th Inf Div

Battle of the Bulge Veteran

appearing Friday & Saturday

 


David Lemal

SSGT, USAAF, 99th Sqdn, 9the Bomb Group, 20th AF
B-29 Tail Gunner stationed on Tinian, flew 22 missions over Japan

Awarded Distinguished Flying Cross

appearing  Sunday


Fred Zimmerli

Tec. Sgt, USAAF, Project Alberta, 509th Composite Group

One of 54 scientists on Tinian who assembled the atomic bombs that were dropped on Nagasaki and Hiroshima


Dick Schimmel

SSGT, USA, Radio Operator, Signal Company, Aircraft Warning, Hawaii

Pearl Harbor Survivor

   

Frank McCullough

SSGT, USAAF, B-17 Flight Engineer & Waist Gunner

   

Joe Drake

Sergeant, USA, A Co, 2nd Ranger Battalion

Veteran of
Normandy,Northern France, Ardennes-Alsace, Central Europe, and Rhineland Battles in Europe



Milton Dienes

Sergeant, USAAF, 9th Photographic Technical Sqdn., 20th AF, Guam and Japan

Photographer - Nagasaki



Mark Kistler

Sergeant, USA, A Troop, 4th Cavalry Regt.

Battle of the Bulge Veteran



Guy Whidden

Sergeant, USA, 101st Airborne Div.

Jumped Into Normandy



William "Bill" Fili

Sergeant, USAAF, 450th Bomb Group

B-24 Engineer/ Top Turret Gunner, Ploesti Raid, POW
 


Crew of the B-24 "Destiny Deb"
Bill is second from the right, front row.

Chuck Kline

BM3, USN, AGC-9 USS Wasatch

General MacArthur's Command Ship

appearing Friday & Saturday



USS Wasatch

Richard Smith

PO3, USN, SS-235 USS Shad

Sank 4 Japanese Ships



Thomas "Wally" Clarke

Sgt, USA, Co D, 101st Infantry, 26th Div., 3rd Army

Machine Gun Sergeant serving under Gen. Patton


Ed Buffman

Gunners Mate 2d Class, U.S. Navy, Battleship USS Missouri

Survived Kamikaze Attack

Witnessed Japanese Surrender

appearing Friday & Saturday


Pete Fantacone

Radioman 2d Class, U.S. Navy, LCI 492

Landed 0630 D-Day on Omaha Beach

After VE Day, sailed aboard USS Columbus, CA-74 to the Pacific Theater

appearing Saturday & Sunday


Mahlon L. Fink

Corporal, USMC, 5th Marine Division, Iwo Jima Veteran


Sal Castro

Corporal, USA, 32nd Inf. Div.

Combat Infantryman

Witnessed the crash of MAAM's P-61


Norris Jernigan

Specialist Corporal, USAAF, 393rd Bomb Sqdn. (VH) 509th Composite Group

Responsible for preparation of information required for bombing missions.


Bertram Winzer

PFC, USA, 1st Special Service Force "Devil's Brigade"

appearing  Friday & Saturday


Calvin Summers

PFC, USA, 5th Army Express

North Africa, Italy, Pacific

Awarded Bronze Star


Herbert Ridyard

PFC, USA, H Co., 301st Inf., 94th Inf. Div.
Patton's 3rd Army, Europe


Kenneth Stoudt

Seaman 1st Class, USN, LCM Coxswain, Attack Cargo Ship AKA-35 U.S.S. Polana, Pacific Theater,

Occupation Forces Japan and China


U.S.S. Polana, AKA-35


Hank Kudzik

Gunners Mate 1st Class, USN, SS-168 USS Nautilus

Battle of Midway Veteran


 

Edward Hunsberger

 

Battle of Iwo Jima Veteran


David Wisnia

Auschwitz-Birkenau  Holocaust Survivor/Escapee
101st Airborne Division Official Interpreter


Hermann Pfisterer

born in Germany in 1934,  at age 9 he became a member of the “Deutsch Jeungvolk,” a Hitler Youth Group.  He has vivid memories of seeing Hitler, the war, the bombing, and trying to stay alive. After the war, he came to the U.S. and joined the Army.

 

 

David Tuck

Holocaust Survivor


CHECK BACK SOON FOR MORE ADDITIONS TO THIS PAGE


 


YOUR ATTENTION PLEASE:

WWII Weekend Special Guests and WWII Aircraft are scheduled to attend in the best of faith by all parties.  Unfortunately last minute health issues, weather factors, and mechanical issues may prevent attendance.  Scheduled times and venues are subject to change because of these possibilities.  We apologize if this should occur, however we offer no refunds or reductions.

In some cases an autograph fee may be charged by the Special Guest.


WWII VETERANS - "UNCLE MAAM" NEEDS YOU!

If you are interested in being a special guest at the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum’s World War Weekend in future years please contact the museum in writing via email not later than October 1st for consideration at the following June event so that we may create a contact file.  The event is always held the first FULL weekend in June each year.

Special guests are considered for autographs, book or print signings, and as speakers regarding their military or war-effort experiences.  Thank-you.