Eighth Air Force Museum

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Address(1)P.O. Box 10
CityBarksdale AFB

Exhibits - By Primary role
Advanced Trainer - 'AT' 1924-1948
 Beechcraft AT-11 (Kansan) Serial No: 3267 
Bomber (UK)
 Avro Vulcan BMk 2 Serial No: XM606 
Bomber - 'B' 1924-Present
 Boeing B-17G (Flying Fortress) Serial No: 44-83884 
 Boeing B-29 (Superfortress) Serial No: 44-87627 
 Boeing B-47E (Stratojet) Serial No: 53-2276 
 Boeing B-52D (Stratofortress) Serial No: 56-0629 
 Boeing B-52G (Stratofortress) Serial No: 57-6509 
 Consolidated B-24J (Liberator) Serial No: 44-48781 
Fighter (USSR)
 Mikoyan-Gurevich Mig-21 Serial No: 185 
Fighter - 'F' 1948-Present
 General Dynamics FB-111A (Aardvark) Serial No: 68-0284 
 Republic F-84F (Thunderstreak) Serial No: 51-1386 
Pursuit - 'P' 1925-1947
 North American P-51D (Mustang) Serial No: 68-679 
Scout trainer - Marines/Navy 'SN' 1939-1948
 Beech SNB-2 (Navigator) Serial No: 39266  
 Beech SNB-5 (Navigator) Serial No: 39266  
Transport - 'C' 1925-1962
 Boeing KC-97L (Stratofreighter) Serial No: 53-240 
 Douglas C-47A (Skytrain) Serial No: 43-16130 
 Noorduyn UC-64A (Norseman) Serial No: N-29-5  


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09/10/2012 @ 22:31 [ref: 55277]
 kitchen long island
 kansas, Kansas

The museum may be very gratifying indeed. Oh yes, what if you give also a link to the games within the category of flight. Would be more interesting.
09/01/2011 @ 02:17 [ref: 23625]
 Ken Guillory
 De Soto, Missouri

I worked to help build the museum before retiring in 1988. A lot of effort went in to getting the museum going. My 10-year old son also helped as we moved the planes into position. I was stationed at Barksdale (1971-74) and (1985-88) and saw the museum really grow, all with volunteer help. Museums such as this help to maintain our Air Force heritage. Please keep the heritage alive and growing.
12/01/2008 @ 17:48 [ref: 8542]
 Robert Johnson
 Surprise, Arizona

Please review the material discovered during my research after being contacted by the grandson of a former pilot (deceased) assigned to the Eighth AF. He asked for my assistance with the paperwork for the POW medal. National Headquarters 3201 East Pioneer Parkway #40 Arlington, Texas 76010-5396 817-649-2979 817-649-0109 - FAX hq@axpow.org Last Name: SMITH First Name Middle Initial: JOHN S Nick Name: 'JACK' Street: 3821 CAMINO CAPISTRANO (NE) City & State: ALBUQUERQUE, NM E-Mail: Zip: 87111 Phone: Spouse: NORA J Conflict: WWII Service Branch: Air Force Unit: 11AF 404 BS Theater: ETO Where Captured: RUSSIA Date Captured: 05/10/45 Camps Held In: PETROPAVLOVSK TASHKENT SIBERIA How Long Interned: 90 days liberated / repatriated: liberated Date Liberated: 08/08/45 Age at Capture: 20 Medals Received: AIR MEDAL Military Job: FLIGHT OFFICER Company: Occupation after War: Bio: Americans Home From Siberia On October 2, 1992, the secretary of the Air Force acknowledge and honored a unique group of WWII Veterans. A little know story of WWII was the relationship of the U.S. and Russia during the time prior to Russia declaring war on Japan. According to International Law, Russia was a neutral country and was obliged to intern personnel of warring nations if they were within the control of Russian armed forces. Until the mid 1980’s, the activities of these airmen was highly classified. It all started with the famous Doolittle Raiders. One crew, Lt. York’s, due to a fuel shortage, landed north of Valdivoltok instead of China, and were instantly interned. Over the next three years thirty six other crews, for a total of 291 Americans met the same fate. With the exception of 4 B-29 crews of the 29th Air Force, these airmen were members of the old Army Air Corps and Navy Air Wing 4 form the Aleutian Islands. They were flying missions against the Japanese Kurile Islands. In case of aircraft damage the preplanned escape route was to Petropovlavsk, Kamchatke Peninsula. “Petro” was a holding point until a group became large enough to move across Siberia to another holding point at Tashkent Russia. The trip across Siberian R.R. to flying in old C-47 is with Russian crews. All in all five separate groups were held and released by various methods. The last group, of which I was a member was released after the war had ended. The survivors of the ordeal have formed an organization known as the “Americans Home from Siberia” and are a part of the Eleventh Air Force Association. On October 3, 1992 at the banquet following the 11th Air Force Reunion Air Force Lt. Gen. Tom McInerney made a surprise presentation of the P.O.W. medal to the members that were present, recognizing them 47 years after the fact. There were approximately 218 USAAF personnel, and 64 Navy personnel approved the POW medal. Secretary of the AF Rice signed a blanket authorization in 1992. Secretary of the Navy Garrett III, and Acting Secretary of the Navy O'Keefe signed letters of authorization to approximately 64 airmen the same year. There were over 200 airmen held at Wauwilermoos Prison in Switzerland, a neutral country as well. They were placed in the prison for punishment after being apprehended while attempting to escape. Such an act by the Swiss was a violation of the Geneva Convention, Article 56, dated 1929. War Crimes testimony reveals circumstances, which the Secretary concerned should have found to have been comparable to those under which persons have generally been held captive by enemy armed forces during periods of armed conflict. However, today the Air Force is denying recognition for those that suffered acts not suitable for public view. The simple recognition many living veterans and/or next of kins are asking is the Prisoner of War Medal. To date there have been two internees approved the POW medal held in the prison. First, to a veteran authorized by General Fogleman AF Chief of Staff, presented by Lt. General Record in 1996. Second, to a veteran approved by AFBCMR in 2006 with the help of his daughter, and Congressman Matheson of Utah. Where is the balance of recognition? Where is the support by members of the Eighth AF? Some members may believe there are more important things going on. To the former internees, and next of kins of those passed, believe me when I say it is very important to receive recognition for their ordeal spent in a prison for attempting to do the correct act. As a veteran of a more recent era, there is no doubt there are former members of the Eight Air Force that are interested to step up to the plate, and support our fellow veterans. If you happen to be interested in copies of the initial guideline authorizing the POW medal, copies of letters by the Secretaries, letter from General Fogleman, photograph of the presentation, conclusion of approval by the AF, conclusion of denial by the AF, please contact me. Regards, Robert E. Johnson, MSgt, USAF, Retired 16169 North 158 Avenue Surprise, Arizona 85374 (623) 546-3410
03/21/2008 @ 07:29 [ref: 7229]
 Anthony Curcio
 Baldwinsville, New York

I had the pleasure of visiting Barksdale AFB for the first time in August after more than twenty years after being stationed at Barksdale 8th Air Force between '82 - '86. I enjoyed the museum and reliving all the great times shared working on the "Buffs" as an Aircraft Electician with the 2nd FMS. I hope to revisit again in July '08.
03/01/2008 @ 15:45 [ref: 6862]
 Douglasville, Georgia

02/05/2008 @ 08:55 [ref: 6739]
 Johnny Signor
 Palm Bay, Florida

The museum is a great place for aircraft to be seen up close although they could be better upkept,the displays are good I enjoyed being there, I make Leather unit patches custom order (321) 724-1246 NOON-11PM Eastern Siggy
11/18/2007 @ 16:42 [ref: 6505]
 Mike Collins
 Delray Beach, Florida

I have quite a few hours flight time in 6509. I was stationed at KBAD as a gunner from 86-90. I have retired the gunners wings and am now an airline pilot. I have had a few overnights in SHV, and have stopped by the museum a few times.
09/07/2007 @ 09:10 [ref: 6296]
 Tom Bass
 Cobb, Wisconsin

Just visited the 8AF Museum for the second time. The first was back in the mid 90s. I must say that I was disappointed in the condition of the a/c on display outside. I know that it is very difficult to maintain display aircraft and large ones are even worse. But when you leave them open for bird infestation and weather intrusion you are only asking for trouble. I don't know why the a/c have signs posted that state "proudly maintained by" as it is obvious that they are not and if I was a member of one of those units I would be ashamed & embarrassed that my unit was listed. As an example I have attached three pictures of the B-52D that is on display. One shows the port inner pylon that is a bird hotel. The next is of the port flap well that is exposed showing a least one bird nest and many bird droppings. The third is of the sign in front of the a/c.
07/23/2007 @ 03:34 [ref: 6142]


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