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459th Bombardment Group

20 May 2015

A final reunion of the 459th Bomb Group Association will be held June 19-20, 2015 at the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum near Savannah, Georgia. The purpose of this meeting will be to officially transfer the 459th Bomb Group’s historical materials and photograph collection to the Mighty Eighth Museum for perpetual care and to be available to future historians and family members interested in researching the history and accomplishments of the 459th B.G.

A dinner for all "members, family, and guests" in attendance will be held at the museum starting at 6:00pm on Friday, June 19th. The museum will be open for viewing following the dinner. A brief ceremony will take place mid-morning on Saturday, June 20th to officially transfer the materials to the museum’s archives.

"Family members are encouraged to attend" Individuals interested in attending should register before Monday, June 15th. There is no registration fee and the dinner for the 459th veterans will be free. Additional buffet meal tickets can be purchased for $20.00 each by returning the attached form and making checks payable to the 459th BG Association.

There are two hotels within walking distance adjacent to the Museum. The contact information is also on the attached form. Please call the hotel of your choice and make your reservation before June 12th. We encourage all who are able to attend this final meeting and closing of the prestigious 459th Bomb Group Association. Family, associate members, friends and interested individuals are encouraged to attend.

We also encourage individuals to bring any photographs, historic documents, service records, and other materials related to the 15th Air Force and the 459th BG. They can either be donated to the collection, or loaned temporarily to be copied and scanned of which they will be promptly returned.

Please do not hesitate to contact Phil Fravel who is organizing this final meeting and the transfer of document process. He can be reached by email at fravel@clemson.edu and by cellular phone at 540-974-1044.

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459th Bomb Group Association

<.>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> The 459th Bomb Group Association will be conducting a final reunion on June 19-20, 2015 at the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum near Savannah, GA. The purpose of this event is to conclude the Association’s activity and to turn over the Association’s collection of documents and photographs to the Mighty Eighth Museum for preservation and accessibility to future historians. The attached file contains the details of this reunion and event. If you have questions, please feel free to contact me. We hope you can attend this final tribute to the men of the 459th Bomb Group. Phil Fravel

Final Reunion Details

Dates: Friday June 19th and Saturday June 20th, 2015 Where: The Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum 175 Bourne Avenue Pooler, GA 31322 http://mightyeighth.org/ Buffet Dinner and Program: Friday, June 19th, 6:00pm in the museum Transfer of Documents and Materials: Saturday, June 20th, 10:00am Adjacent Hotel Information and Rates: Quality Inn 125 Bourne Avenue Pooler, GA Phone 912-748-0017 Senior Rate of $80.10 per night plus taxes Regular $89.00 per night plus taxes Best Western 155 Bourne Avenue Pooler, GA Phone 912-330-0330 $114.00 per night plus taxes

 Picturedabove is Sam Shanblott of the 758th Bomb Squadron. 459th BG Home

Picturedabove is Sam Shanblott of the 758th Bomb Squadron.

Airport Information: The Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport is four miles from the hotels. 459th Bomb Group Association Reunion Registration 459th Veteran’s Information: Name __________________________________ Bomb Squadron __________________________ Living____ Deceased_____ Those attending the June 19-20 event (including any 459th Association Members): Name ______________________________________________________________ Address ____________________________________________________________ Phone Number(s) _____________________________________________________ Email Address ________________________________________________________ Name ______________________________________________________________ Address ____________________________________________________________ Phone Number(s) _____________________________________________________ Email Address ________________________________________________________ Name ______________________________________________________________ Address ____________________________________________________________ Phone Number(s) _____________________________________________________ Email Address ________________________________________________________ I need _____ banquet ticket for a 459th veteran (free). I need _____ additional banquet tickets at $20.00 each. Return this form before June 15th with your check payable to 459th BG Association.

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