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2014 WAHF Banquet and Induction Ceremony
Join us at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh as we honor six of Wisconsin's aviation notables on Saturday, October 25, 2014. The event begins with the organization's annual membership meeting at 1:00 PM in the Batten Board Room located in the museum's lower level. A short board meeting follows. Your registration to the WAHF banquet includes admission to the EAA AirVenture Museum. Come early and tour this award winning facility.
A social hour and silent auction begin at 5:00 in the museum's Founder's Wing. Dinner begins at 6:00 and the induction ceremony follows. The highlight of the 29th annual event is, of course, the induction ceremony. This year's inductees include Pete Drahn, Vice Adm James H. Flatley, Jr., Don Voland, and Ed, James, and Ray Knaup.
Registration can be accomplished online with your credit card here. Early registration is encouraged as space is limited.
Sharing Our Wisconsin Aviation History
This year marks the 70th anniversary of Richard Bong being awarded the Medal of Honor.
It was December 12, 1944 when General Douglas MacArthur and Major Richard Bong met on the tarmac of Tacloban Airfield in the Philippines for the ceremony. MacArthur typically made these presentations in the privacy of his office. General George Kenney, 5th Air Force Commanding Officer, created a ceremony worthy of his most successful ace with 38 victories.
Eight Lockheed P-38 Lightings arranged in a semi-circle served as a backdrop. Twelve pilots, each with twelve victories or more, served as honor guard. MacArthur was wearing a raincoat over khakis while Bong was wearing a sholderholster over his longsleeved khaki shirt. Bong had a serious and some might add a timid look on his face. The 24-year-old hero may even have been a little nervous.
WAHF is touring the state sharing the Richard Bong story through a multimedia presentation and museum style exhibit. Presentations are being scheduled now. Learn more about the Bong Anniversary Tour.