Warbirds Squadron 7

Boire Field,Nashua, NH

NEWSLETTER

HELLO FOLKS,  This issue of the Warbirds Squadron 7 Newsletter is dated for 16 April 2016

This issue of the Squadron 7 NEWSLETTER has many items.

FIRST

19 March 2016 Squadron 7 gathering.

Members of Warbirds Squadron 7 gathered in the Nashua Jet Aviation Conference Room at approximately 1100hrs after a brunch in the Midfield Café.

Tom Schinkel called the meeting to order at 1100hrs.

Present were the following members.

AL COSTA

 MIKE RAFTUS

 KIM PRYUNE

RICHARD GERSH

 TOM SCHINKEL

 FRANK HOFF JR

  1. Tom reviewed the plans to attend the WWII Museum in Natick, Ma on 2 April. We were to meet at the Plaza Hotel for brunch at 1000hrs and then to the Museum at 1200hrs. Frank will resend the notice of the visit with all of the instruction and requirements for the visit.
  2. The Memorial Service for Nick Tramontano will be April 16, 2016 @ 1:00pm in the DD Hanger at the Waterbury-Oxford Airport (KOXC). Several members have indicated they will attend the services.
  3. Tom recommended that Richard Gersh assist Frank with the Minutes of the meetings and other duties as assigned.
  4. Armed Forces Day is celebrated on 21 May and the possibility of Squadron 7 conducting the May gathering at the Orange Mass Airport. More details will follow.    
  5. Sandy of the Midfield Café is sponsoring a fly-in pancake breakfast on May 28. Warbirds Squadron 7 has volunteered to support the event. We will be seeking volunteers for many of the assorted duties. Kept that date open. EAA will perform an e-blast to inform the surrounding local aviation of this event.
  6. Tom stated that he will contact the Lufthansa project in Lewiston, Maine to determine if there is a suitable day in early May for a return visit to the restoration of the Lockheed Superstar.
  7. The members present agreed that a contribution to EAA Chapter 106 Scholarship Fund would be deferred to the Annual Meeting in November.
  8. Tom adjourned the meeting at 1230hrs.

 

SECOND

NATICK WWII MUSEUM 2 APRIL 2016

The 2nd April was a cold, rainy, windy day and several members of Warbirds Squadron 7 make the trek to Natick, Ma to the WWII Museum on Mercer Drive. We met beginning at 0900hrs at the Crown Plaza Hotel and enjoyed a fabulous brunch. This I would recommend to everyone as the wait staff was extremely accommodating in serving us. Those in attendance were the following;

AL COSTA

 MIKE RAFTUS

 PETER VERGADOS

RICHARD GERSH

 TOM SCHINKEL

 FRANK HOFF JR

GEORGE DOUROS

PAUL GUIDI

JANET GUIDI

The conversations at the table were indeed entertaining, especially with George Douros a WWII Naval Veteran who served on “tin cans” in the South Pacific. His stories were indeed fascinating.

At 1200hrs we embarked across the parking lot to the Museum and we were met at the door by Bill Loiselle a Lt in the Mass State Police who volunteers his time at the Museum and is extremely knowledgeable and informative of the history of our country in WWII.

 

The Museum of World War II is an absolutely marvelous institution devoted to preserving and exhibiting the reality of world War II. Experts in the industry believe it is the most comprehensive collection of documents and artifacts on display anywhere in the world, with over 7,000 artifacts on display, more than 500,000 documents and photographs are in the research archives

The Museum’s mission is to preserve the reality of those who fought on home fronts and battle fronts to destroy evil and to make this reality part of today’s education. It is the mission of the Museum to make the lessons of the causes and events of World War II understood and their relevance to today’s events appreciated. More information can be found by visiting their website 

www.museumofworldwarii.org

 At 1400hrs we made our exit from the Museum with the thought of a return visit. There are too many items displayed to absorb in one visit

Truth be told, this was an extraordinary day for all of us.

 

THIRD

MEMORIAL SERVICES FOR NICK TRAMONTANO

As noted previously, the services for Nick will be on 16 April which was the scheduled date for the monthly gathering of Squadron 7. This is cancelled for the month of April. Members of Squadron 7 have intentions to attend.

 

 

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