390th Announces ‘Svr Le Nez’ Trap Shoot Results

“Friends, Family, Safety and Fun” were four ingredients that made the 390th Memorial Museum’s 1st Annual ‘Svr Le Nez’ Trap Shoot a great success. The event occurred on March 6, 2015, on a windy but cloudless afternoon in Tucson. Participating teams were comprised of museum docents, 390th veteran-descendants, and friends of the museum’s community.

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“The trap shoot was a great event: something new to try, fun, and a really great way to spend the afternoon,” said Karen Hannon, one of three women who participated in the ‘shootout’. Karen is shown above, along with her husband Randy (a museum docent).

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“This was a great way to get my wife introduced to shooting. The coaches and environment set everyone up for safety and success.” said Alan Thiem. His wife, Valen, is the granddaughter of pilot John Davis.

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Of note, Valen emerged as the top female shooter of the event!

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Finn Larkin was the man to beat on the docent team at the end of round one. Larkin earned fame as the museum’s “Iron-man” earlier this year, after removing the wrinkles from nearly thirty tablecloths in preparation for 390th Bomb Group reunion.

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During round two, Valen was overheard talking about her Grandfather along with Steve Mikkelson, son of waist gunner Aaron Mikkelson.

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Their comments kept the competition’s context nicely in perspective (Aaron Mikkelson, shown above).

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In the end, it was the ‘descendant’ team that took home the first place prize. The team was comprised of Valen, Alan, and Steve, as well as Ken Smith (the museum’s Head-of-Research) and Jodi Gonzales (Director of Development).

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Ken Smith won the Top Gunner Prize with a score of 40.

The Big Bomber Award, presented to the last place shooter, was earned by museum docent Bill Neer with a score of 8.

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“This event was so much fun. It wasn’t about the competition”, said Neer, who couldn’t wait to show off his prize to the rest of the Tuesday Docent Crew. Neer’s team was comprised of docents, their family members and friends.

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“Family and friends” comprised the third team, which included the museum’s Executive Director Wally Scales and son, Nathaniel, as well as their friends Charles and Collin Wade. The Tucson Trap and Skeet Club offered extra coaches to help the boys.

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Collin ‘blew away’ the rest of the competitors with sheer enthusiasm as he completed an additional 25 rounds with his dad AFTER the event, scoring a 15 in the process.

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Everyone relaxed in the lounge area following the trap shoot. The 390th Memorial Museum extends gratitude to all that participated, and to the Tucson Trap & Skeet Club, whose staff and coaches provided a safe, fun and well organized event!!

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