100-year-old B-25 tail gunner to be honored at 33rd annual WWII Weekend

On June 7, 8, and 9, 2024, historians and aviation enthusiasts worldwide will meet at Reading Regional Airport, the former General Carl A. Spaatz Army Airfield, for the 33rd Anniversary World War Two Weekend and 80th Anniversary of D-Day, June 6, 1944.

Visitors come to honor World War Two Veterans, chat with reenactors, view military gear, weapons, and armor, enjoy period entertainment, and be thrilled by aerial flight demonstrations performed by authentic World War Two aircraft.

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The Mid-Atlantic Air Museum is arranging an impressive assortment of aircraft displayed on the ground and in the air all three days. Also, at least a dozen World War Two veterans in attendance will be available for autographs and provide firsthand accounts of their war experiences.

This list includes retired District Judge and B-25 tail gunner Quentin Stambaugh of Spring Grove, Pennsylvania. On Friday, June 7, the Delaware Aviation Museum will honor 100-year-old Judge Stambaugh with a flight in a B-25J, PANCHITO, similar to the model he flew in while serving with the Air Apaches in the Pacific Theatre of Operations.

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The Mid-Atlantic Air Museum’s spacious grounds will contain Living History displays of American, Allied, and Axis equipment. In addition, reenactors will be present to provide detailed accounts of life on the frontlines and the Homefront.

Frank Sings Frank, America’s Sweethearts, The Forecast Quartet, The Spirit of the Airways, and WRDG Radio will provide period entertainment. In addition, Big Band Concerts are scheduled for Friday and Saturday nights from 7:00 to 10:00.

A Night Engine-Run Photoshoot, geared to aviation photographers, involving three iconic World War Two aircraft aligned on the field and illuminated after dark with their engines running, will once again provide excellent Photo-Ops for network television and newspaper cameras.

World War Two Weekend has been consistently ranked by USA TODAY as one of the Top Five Air Shows in North America. For more information on World War Two Weekend visit the Reading Regional Airport website. For tickets, list of aircraft and entertainment, visit the Mid Atlantic Air Museum.

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