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Last Update: 05/28/2013

2013 REUNION of the 456th Bomb Group Association

October 9th to 13th, 2013

Once again we line up ready for our signal to take off!

The 456th Bomb Group Association has started engines and soon will be in the air and will land in Midland, Texas on Wed. Oct. 9 and proceed to the Courtyard (Marriott) . During WWII Midland was a bombardier training base for our Army Air Corps the veterans with their families and friends will enjoy the Italian dinner on Wed evening. Thur.-Fri. we will visit the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Museum, This Museum is nationally recognized and houses the world's largest collection of Aviation Nose Art from the planes of WWII. The highlight of this nose art collection is the nose panel from a plane (B-24) MISS YOUR LOVINí. This plane left Italy in June, 1945 and returned to the United States. I know this because I was the navigator. (456th site photos here).

A B-24 and many other war birds will be on hand for viewing. We will have a tour of the B-24 on Sat morning and the AIR SHOW will fill our afternoon schedule. (note this is the oldest still-flying B-24 in the world, an original LB-30 converted back to B-24A status).

The CAF Has a world renowned "AIR SHO". Many of the WWII warbirds will fly with special effect pyrotechnics. We'll also visit the Bush home as it was in the 5O's. George W. Bush once said," It seems improbable in that little house on Ohio Street that there would be two presidents and a governor of Florida". I think we can all learn and enjoy from a visit to this house AND home.

What else are we going to do? Read on! Midland is in the Permian basin. This museum tells a 250 million year story of oil - how oil is formed via a unique marine diorama, and then produced as we now know it.

Sunday will be Ė letís fly home day. As the planes leave north, south, east, west we'll leave with memories of the past and thoughts that those who made the present possible, lie in peace as we continue the march.

Walter Fox, President 2012-2013

Contact information for reunion info and travel coordination: Ed S. Moore, (785) 625-7515 or (800) 424-7515

Contact information for more info on the Association: Frank Amaditz and Ruth Reitmeyer, (412) 481-6404



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September 3 - 7 2009

The 456th Bomb Group Association held its 64th annual reunion in Branson, Missouri from September 3rd to the 7th, in remarkable Branson, Missouri. Riverboat rides, shows and hometown charm made for a memorable time. See the February 2009 newsletter for pictures and details!


Jun - 25 Jun 2006

The 456th Bomb Group Association held its 63rd annual reunion in Boise, Idaho from July 18th to the 22nd, 2007. A fabulous location and an excellent time! See the January 2008 newsletter for details!


 21 Jun - 25 Jun 2006

The 456th Bomb Group Association 62nd reunion was held starting on Wednesday, June 21st, and ran through Sunday, June 25th, 2006. The location was the Radisson Hotel Cincinnati Riverfront in Covington, Kentucky. Activities included a visit to the Cincinnati Reds Baseball Hall of Fame Museum, a riverboat ride, and a visit to the National Museum of the United States Air Force. See Newsletter for photos and details!


 31 Aug - 4 Sep 2005

The 456th Bomb Group Association 61st reunion was held starting on Wednesday, August 31, and ran through Sunday, September 4th, 2005. The location was the Crystal City Embassy Suites. Events included tours of the Washington Museums and Galleries, as well as of the nearby Civil War Battlefields and Monuments. More information available at this >>link<<, and in the October 2005 newsletter.

2004 Reunion in RIVERSIDE, CA

 12 - 16 May, 2004

The 456th Bomb Group Association 60th reunion commenced on Wednesday, May 12th, and ran through Sunday, May 16th, 2004. The location was the beautiful Mission Inn, in Riverside, California. Events included a city tour, a 456th plaque and "Mission 207" painting dedication at the museum of nearby March Air Force Base and lunch at the Hap Arnold Club, a wine country tasting tour, a memorial service, and even hot air balloon rides!

There were many photos taken and new officers were elected for the coming year. Next year's reunion will be held in Washington, DC.

Click here to see photos and more!

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2003 Reunion in New Orleans, LA

 7 - 11 May, 2003

The 2003 Annual Reunion of the 456th Bomb Group and Attached Units, 744th, 745th, 746th and 747th Bomb Squadrons, was held May 7 through 11, 2003. Read complete details in the November 2003 newsletter here.

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2002 Reunion in Charleston, SC

15 - 18 May, 2002

The 2002 Annual Reunion of the 456th Bomb Group and Attached Units, 744th, 745th, 746th and 747th Bomb Squadrons, in Charleston, South Carolina 15 May - 18 May, 2002, was held at the Radisson Hotel Airport. Another great time was had by all, hangar flying, remembering good friends and remarkable times. A detailed report is coming soon.

See details of the events - click here.

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2001 Reunion in Phoenix, Arizona

6 - 10 June 2001

Phoenix, Arizona was the place to be. . . . The 456th Bomb Group and Attached Units the 744th, 745th, 746th and 747th Bomb Squadrons who served so well as a unit in Cerignola-Stornara, Italy 1943 - 1945 met again from 6 June until 10 June 2001.

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2000 Millennium Reunion in Nashville, Tennessee

24 - 28 May, 2000

The 456th Bomb Group and Attached Units 744-745-746-747 Bomb Squadrons recently held their 55th Reunion of World War II Veterans of the 456th Bomb Group Serving in Cerignola-Stornara, Italy, 1943-1945. 

Details on the Nashville Reunion HERE!

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