Museum of Flight Presents the Untold Stories of World War II

The nose of a Spitfire looks up at the Bf-109 hanging in the World War II gallery at The Museum of Flight. Ted Huetter/The Museum of Flight.

2020 marks 75 years since the end of World War II, and throughout the year the Museum is presenting uncommon perspectives of the era with Untold Stories: World War II at 75. Beginning Feb. 29, monthly special programs will feature stories that are both overlooked and hidden in plain sight; and on May 8 the Museum’s acclaimed World War II aircraft gallery will offer new, remodeled and interactive exhibits that unfold the air war’s diversity of aviators and their individual accounts.

Flipping the equation, the Museum’s exotic fighter planes will take a back seat to the people who crewed them so Museum visitors can get to know the men and women who served with their families over 75 years ago.

One of the “untold stories” on exhibit at the Museum this year–Margery Watson standing in front of a North American Aviation P-51 Mustang, 1945. Watson, at age 16, was hired by North American Aviation as a draftswoman specifically to help design the famous air scoop of the P-51. Credit Line: The Margery Watson World War II Photographs Collection.

Programs
Monthly programs with filmmakers and historians will reveal the experiences of African American pilots, LGBTQ in the military, U.S. Concentration Camps for Japanese Americans, warfare in the Aleutian Islands, the Romani Holocaust, Mexican Air Force training in Idaho, and Northwest Native American Code Talkers.

Cultural programs will share the music and holidays of the era, while children can sprout their own veggies for a Victory Garden contest.

Storytelling
Beginning in March, and continuing on the first and third Sunday of each month, World War II will be brought to life with intimate, 30-minute stories told by Museum volunteers and veterans of the War.

Visit the Museum’s website, calendar and bi-weekly newsletter for details and schedules.

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