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"With a deep humility and with sincere reverence, we, the 390th Bombardment Group (H), dedicate this history to the families and loved ones of each and every member of the command."

–Col. Joseph A. Moller, Commander, 390th Bomb Group

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Originally founded by a close-knit group of 390th veterans to honor, preserve and share their stories, the museum has evolved to become a world class facility focused on the 390th Bomb Group and its role in the European air war. Today, it stands as testimony to the labor of love of its founding members. The museum is supported by individuals of all ages and nationalities, alongside an exceptional community of board members, staff, 390th Bomb Group veterans and veteran descendants, and volunteers.

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Museum docents are passionate educators who receive training, a regular schedule, and participation in special museum events.

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Carry the Torch

Starting at just $4 per month, the Torch Bearer Recurring Gift Club is an effortless and affordable way to support the museum’s education, outreach, and collections management efforts. You decide the monthly amount and the date that funds are withdrawn.

Torch Bearers receive a welcome kit; invitation to the annual 390th Bomb Group reunion, and a free gift after twelve months. Funds will automatically be drawn from your credit- or debit card.

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Crew #89: A Family Affair

When brothers Roland Kurtz (Pilot) and Gil Kurtz (Bombardier) were assigned to Crew 89, they suggested that the plane be named Sister Kate. This, in honor of the older sister who had raised them. Crew 89 felt that Sister Kate was a fine suggestion, thinking that it would be lucky to have the plane named after a nun.

Perhaps the name was lucky: Sister Kate was one of four planes assigned to the 390th Bomb Group that survived more than 100 missions. It was during a 390th Bomb Group Reunion several decades later that the crew recognized their misunderstanding. All photos on this page feature Crew 89 members.

Crew 89. Back row from left: Ed Temple (radio operator); Roland Kurtz (pilot); Howard Godsey (waist gunner). Front row from left: Francis Piccirilli (Tail Gunner); Guilford “Gil” Kurtz (bombardier/togglier); Bruce “Dusty” Gifford (ball turret). Not shown: P. Fizsimmons (navigator); Alfred Hapburn (top turrett/engineer). Gunners. Dusty Gifford (left), Francis Piccirilli (right). Sister Kate. Bombs indicate number of missions. Brothers. Gil Kurtz (left), Roland Kurtz (right). Banner insert photo, above: Dusty Gifford.

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