This exhibit is offered in partnership with the KBL Family Collection, featuring images and ephemera from the 445th bomb squadron, 321st bomb group, 57th bomb wing, of the 12th Army Air Corps. By far a lesser known history than the 8th Army Air Corps, the 12th was stationed in North Africa, Corsica, and Italy near the end of World War II. They were responsible for the strategic bombing that broke down the supply line between Germany and northern Italy.
Based on a secret stash left behind by a tail gunner from the 445th, this exhibit presents striking images of the men who braved the skies above Italy, Austria, and the then Yugoslavia. Some men are identified by little notes made on the backs of photos, other images depict men whose identity remains a mystery. In every case, communities are encouraged to see if any of these men are familiar to them and their identities added to the show. Download the Bomber Boys (pdf) Exhibit Release.
Installation Photo Gallery
Three-month bookings through the 75th Anniversary of the end of World War II in 2020 are available as noted below:
June 8, 2016 ~ Exhibit Preview (6-8pm), presented by students from the University of Washington Tacoma, Methods of Museum Interpretation class.
June 8-July 17, 2016 ~ Spaceworks Gallery, Tacoma, Washington
July 21 – September 4, 2016 ~ Harbor History Museum, Gig Harbor, Washington
October 21, 2016 – January 15, 2017 ~ Commemorative Air Force Museum, Mesa, Arizona
February 4, 2017-April 30, 2017 ~ Wings Over the Rockies Museum, Denver, Colorado
May 15 – August 15, 2017 ~ Available
September 1, 2017 – November 30, 2017 ~ Available
Three-month rental $7,500 + shipping and delivery, includes:
30 Gallery Wrapped Canvas Prints (ranging from 18″ x 18″ to 30″ x 40″) with labels
8 Text Panels
1 Large wall mural, title graphics, maps, “Fate Cards” and mailbox
Camp bunk set
Public programs and Curriculum Kit
Staff and volunteer training session
2 days installation assistance from Bering Street staff (travel costs additional)
See the Bomber Boys Prospectus for more information or contact us with any questions and/or booking requests.