390th Memorial Museum Re-Opensby Jim Gressinger on Sep. 30, 2013, under Exceptional Museums, Personal Stories Worth Sharing, Southern Arizona Attractions
Last Saturday, Ms. Karen & I attended some of the festivities surrounding the re-opening of the 390th Memorial Museum. It had been closed while construction added an additional 12,000 square feet of exhibit area.
Helping with the opening ceremonies were Allen “Big Al” Kath from KGUN9; Tucson Mayor Jonathon Rothschild; & Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 32nd President of the United States. Of the dwindling number of survivors, 31 came from all over the country to celebrate and re-unite with their fellow WWII comrades. In their 20′s they braved the skies over Nazi Germany to liberate Europe. Now in their 90′s, their Museum helps tell their story. And what an amazing story it is.
Of course, the centerpiece of the newly expanded Museum is still the beautifully restored B-17 Flying Fortress like the ones these men flew from 1943 until the end of the war in Europe. The 390th Memorial Museum commemorates their sacrifice and courage. It’s located on the grounds of Pima Air & Space Museum and is open 10 AM to 4:30 PM daily except Thanksgiving & Christmas.
If you are a subscriber to our SouthernArizonaGuide.com, you have already received this week’s email newsletter with some of the photographs I took at this event. Otherwise you can find the feature on the 390th in our “Recent Posts” section.