Major Charles F. Smith, Ret., B-29 pilot with the 315th Bomb Wing stopped by M54 Sunday morning, April 28th on his way home to St. Louis from a class reunion at Auburn. He arrived around 10:00. John and Deborah Baugh happily and generously agreed to open their hanger for Major Smith to tour. Donuts and coffee were available. Thank you John and Deborah. A few of our members were there to meet this National Treasure and Hero and thank him for his service. He had several family members with him. I created a certificate to present to him indicating our chapter's thanks for his service to our country. We are losing these WWII heroes at an alarming rate daily and we are honored and humbled that he diverted his trip home to visit with us.
The pamphlet above carried the message below pleading to the Japanese people:
Don't you think you should save the lives of your family and friends? If you want to save them, please read this leaflet very carefully. Within a few days, the American Air Force will bomb military facilities in four or five cities shown on the other side of this leaflet. They are military facilities and factories which produce military weapons. In order to prolong the war, which your military cannot win by using these weapons, the Americans will destroy all these weapons. However, our bombs do not have eyes, so we do not know where these bombs will drop. As you know, America is a democracy so we do not hurt innocent people, therefore please abandon these cities on the front side of this leaflet. You are not the American enemy. Therefore we do not want to bring you into the war. Your military army is the enemy. The peace the American Army seeks is freeing you from your military. If we make you free from your military we can make a better, new Japan. Why don't you choose a new leader who will bring peace and stop the war? There might be a possibility that we may bomb cities that are not listed on the front of this leaflet but we will bomb at least four of the cities on this leaflet. This is a warning to let you know so that you can get away from these cities.
Here are the city names from the left:
The memorandum below includes a reference to a Warbird Fly-In during the Memorial Day weekend highlighted in yellow. Please be advised that there is not a fly-in of any kind happening at Lebanon on the Memorial Day weekend. The sealing project will indeed stop that Friday afternoon and resume on Tuesday the 28th, however.
TO: ALL LEBANON MUNICIPAL AIRPORT TENANTS/USERS
SUBJECT: M54 AIRPORT SEAL PROJECT
DATE: April 15, 2013
Progress always seems to come with a price—the Lebanon Municipal Airport runway was last sealed in the mid 90’s. As the years went by cracks developed everywhere and our much needed recent crack filling project was successful. It was our intent to apply seal coat and restripe this past fall, but weather and schedule problems interfered.
The project is back on go and will begin Wednesday May 22nd. We will start with the sealing of taxi lanes between hangar row and T hangars A, B and C. During this phase of the project we will make every effort to minimize the closure of taxi lanes but expect there to be times when you cannot have access to your aircraft. Throughout the project, we will post a schedule at Direct Flight Solution office.
This phase of the project will be stopped Friday afternoon and the Warbirds Fly-in will be held Memorial Day weekend. Work will resume Tuesday, May 28th. continuing with apron sealing and taxiway sealing, again with every effort being made to keep a lane open for aircraft movement. Up to the point that we actually start work on runway 1-19, it will remain open.
But beginning on Monday June 3rd., runway 1-19 will be closed till the project is complete. During this time runway 4-22 will remain open for daylight use (the only time runway 4-22 will close will be while the taxiway is being sealed during the week of May 28th.)
The state contract (the paint striping of the runway, taxi lines, etc.) will be done on Monday June 10th. and hopefully runway 1-19 will reopen on Tuesday June 11th.
Please keep in mind that bad weather will alter this schedule. Our contractor has 16 days to complete their project and I believe the State contractor has 2 workdays to complete that project.
Again, look for updated schedule, which will be posted at Terminal building.
Thanks in advance for your patience in enduring this necessary inconvenience.
T. O. Cragwall, chairman
Lebanon Airport Commission
Steve Cushman presented another personal adventure. He was here last year with the story of Captain Charles O'Sullivan, a P-38 driver who survived a crash in New Guinea. A great film documentary "Injury Slight - Please Advise" was produced and is a "must see". This next story was "Forgotten: MIA in New Guinea".
We had a great turnout for a rainy night. Everyone enjoyed the night.
Another great job by Dan Allen and Doug Eshelman. Cumberland Merit Badge University March 9, 2013
Mike's pretty Hatz being flown by Nelson Willis. So pretty.
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