WACO Aviation Lecture Series – The Anatomy of a Shoot Down

February 20 • 7 - 8PM

WACO Air Museum
1865 S County Rd 25A | Troy, OH 45373

The Anatomy of a Shoot Down
Col. Frank Alfter, USAF (Ret.) will give a lecture Thursday, February 20th at 7 p.m. at WACO Air Museum entitled “The Anatomy of a Shoot Down.” The lecture will cover the 8th Air Force Schweinfurt mission that took place on 13 April 1944. Col. Alfter will describe the experiences of the 384th Bomb Group, the 545th Bomb Squadron and in particular, the fate of the crew of Big Stupe V. The losses during the April 13 mission were horrific and it relates to the Luftwaffe’s fighter tactics in shooting down six out of seven B-17 bombers of the 545th squadron in less than 3 minutes. This was the worst single mission for the 384th Bomb Group for the entire war.

All aviation lectures are free and open to the public; donations to WACO Air Museum are accepted. Lectures are held in the Willis Wing of the WACO Air Museum at 1865 South County Road 25A in Troy, OH. Doors open at 6:30 and the program begins at 7 p.m. Programs are scheduled to last one hour with questions to follow. For questions, please call 937-335-9226 or visit www.wacoairmuseum.org.