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  • World War II internment camp survivors honored 70 years later

    Nine U.S. Army Air Force Airmen who were interned at Wauwillermoos, Switzerland, seven decades ago were finally honored with the Prisoner of War Medal April 30.
  • Tinker epitomized Native American strength, leadership

    The highest ranking Native American general, Maj. Gen. Clarence L. Tinker, used his strength and leadership qualities to lead Airmen in the Pacific during the early days of World War II. As a member of the Osage tribe in Oklahoma, Tinker believed that leadership meant leading his Airmen into battle, a quality he embraced from his Native American roots.
  • Candy Bomber drops in 65 years after Berlin Airlift

    It was 1948, World War II was over and the Cold War had begun. For many German families, living conditions were tough and food was scarce. But for the children of Berlin, there was a glimmer of hope, and it came from the sky. Army Air Corps 1st Lt. Gail Halvorsen, a C-47 pilot stationed in Germany in support of the Berlin Airlift, handed two sticks of gum to local children peering through a fence near a local airport. That small gesture at Berlin's Tempelhof Airport led to Operation Little Vittles, a humanitarian mission that continued for 15 months.
  • Technology helps remember fallen, ensures memories live on

    It was a damp, foggy morning in October, amidst a sea of marble headstones; the sound of bells chiming out seemed to echo the air of somberness all around at Madingley American Cemetery, near Cambridge. The whole scene was humbling.
  • AF Heritage: Gen. Tinker still honored by native Indian tribe

    During the early days of World War II, an Army Air Corps major general, who was an Oklahoma native, and member of the Osage Indian tribe, was named to lead the air effort in Hawaii following Pearl Harbor. Maj. Gen. Clarence L. Tinker managed to stay close to his tribe during his 30 plus years as a military aviator, and today, more than 70 years after his death, is still honored by that tribe.
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