The 95th Bomb Group Memorials Foundation takes great pleasure in announ­cing historian Donald L. Miller, PhD, as the keynote speaker at the October 8th 2016 re-dedic­a­tion of the 95th’s Memorial Room at the 390th Memorial Museum. Dr. Miller will address a joint 95th and 390th reunion audience at the 390th’s museum, located at the Pima Air & Space Museum in Tucson, AZ.

A New York Times best­selling author, Donald Miller is widely known for his works on World War II, espe­cially Masters of the Air: America’s Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War Against Nazi Germany (New York: Simon and Schuster, 2007). In Masters of the Air, Miller draws from inter­views, oral histories, and other archives to tell the defin­itive account of the young men of the US Army Air Forces and their aerial campaign against Hitler’s Fortress Europe from bases in England. Miller care­fully recon­structs life in wartime England as well as in the German prison camps where tens of thou­sands of Air Corps POWs spent part of the war. HBO is currently devel­oping a miniseries based upon Masters of the Air, produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks.

Donald L. Miller and James Mutton share a drink in Brad's Bar during this year's 'Masters of the Air tour. May2016

Donald L. Miller and James Mutton share a drink in Brad’s Bar during this year’s ‘Masters of the Air tour. May2016

Dr. Miller is the John Henry MacCracken Professor of History at Lafayette College in Pennsylvania. He ranks as one of the most respected author­ities on World War II and US history with teaching and research inter­ested in modern United States social history and urban history; Civil War and slavery; and war and modern memory. Miller is the recip­ient of numerous awards and has given many keynote present­a­tions. In addition, he is a frequent consultant and adviser to histor­ical produc­tions for such respected organ­isa­tions as PBS and HBO.

Both the 95th Bomb Group Memorials Foundation and the 390th Memorial Museum Foundation eagerly look forward to Dr. Miller’s keynote address in October.

Bill Pennebaker & Donald L Miller's Masters of the Air

Bill Pennebaker, 98-year-old former commanding officer of the 571st Bomb Squadron, 390th Bomb Group, at the 390th Museum library, April 1, 2016. Bill is shown holding a copy of Donald Miller’s Masters of the Air. Photo courtesy of Allan Moller.

 

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