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The webmaster is a (inactive) member of the Army Air Forces Reenactors List, a group of reenactors that portray AAF crew or enlisted members at airshows and other events. Members work as authentically as possible often with original or reproduction gear and equipment. 

There are a fairly large number of military reenactors of various types around the country, but at this time, the AAF contingent is a bit smaller. This is partly due to the fact that many AAF reenactors are not into this for mock battles and such, but enjoy telling the history behind the aircraft, honoring the heroism of our forefathers, and being around the aircraft and giving a clearer historical setting for what is being displayed.

The above picture was taken at the 2003 Doolittle Raiders Reunion in Vacaville. There were approximately 15-20 AAF reenactors there along with 3 B-25s. This picture shows some of the variation in styles worn by various reenactors portraying various units in different theaters during WW2.

Some reenactors are scheduled to be at the Mediterranean Assault event in San Antonio, TX on Dec. 7-8 at Cannon Field. This event is being hosted by the Alamo Liaison Squadron (link below).

HistoricBattles.org

Pictures

Below are pictures of AAF reenactors at various events. Put your mouse over the picture to see a description and click to view a larger version.

P-39 Recruit?The webmaster with members of the Lone Star Flight Museum on their B-17 "Thunderbird"The webmaster with members of the Lone Star Flight Museum on their B-17 "Thunderbird"On the Flightline in beautiful Vacaville, CADiscussing the last mission...Welcome Home!Bomber Guy visits the Fighter Jocks...Being interviewed for the local news

Links to other AAF reenactors' websites.

http://www.freewebs.com/usaaf/page1.html

http://ww2reenactors.proboards20.com/index.cgi?board=aircorps

http://lhg_1.tripod.com/

www.armyaircorps.us

http://www.327th.org/Living%20History.htm

http://www.327th.org/WOE.htm

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/AAFRL/

http://www.ww2aaf.org/members/members.html

More to come...

Why Reenacting?

There are almost as many motives for participating in reenactments as there are reenactors! However, most of the reenactors the webmaster has been associated with do it mostly out of a great interest in history and historical figures and a desire to pass that history (and attitude towards history) on to the next generation. Many children today do not even know basic World War 2 history, and it never ceases to amaze us the questions we get asked. One other reason for reenacting is simply to honor the veterans who served. Amongst the groups I've worked with there can be few greater honors than for a veteran to say "thank you for keeping the interest in our history alive," "You look like you stepped right out of our squadron," or "Hey, are you sure that's not my old jacket?" We strive for excellence in decent, honest portrayal of the men who fought and died for our country.

The webmasters personal involvement with World War 2 US Army Air Force reenactment was a result of research he had done on the Doolittle Raid and the 34th Bomb Squadron in particular. The webmaster got to know Mr. DeShazer from the crew of plane # 16 and thought that portraying a member of the 34th Bomb Squadron would give him more opportunities to speak and tell others about his story and testimony for Jesus Christ and the resulting story with Mitsou Fuchida (it has). Reenactments also give one an even greater appreciation for what the guys actually went through and what it must have been like.

How might I get some reenactors for my event?

Contact the webmaster at doolittleraiders@yahoo.com and I will forward you're request to the AAFRL (it's a moderated list so you have to be a member to post messages) or contact another of the groups listed on this page. We can't always make events that we'd like to, but if there are any USAAF reenactors in your area, we'll try to get you in touch with them.

Raiders' official website: www.doolittletokyoraiders.com, Todd Joyce's website: www.doolittleraider.com check out his Forum, too.

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