For three days (June 7-9, 2002) the Mid Atlantic Air Museum presented its annual WWII weekend, which
this year added AWON to its impressive list of vintage World War II aircraft, vehicles and artifacts,
living history reenactors, skirmishes and battles at the recreated airfield, dancing, singing, and
victory gardens at the Home Front, a huge militaria collectibles market, and most important of all,
the story of the world's greatest conflict, told by those who were there and made possible the free
world we have today.
In addition to the AWONers pictured below, guests this year were Colonel Robert Morgan, pilot of the Memphis Belle,
Bob Hanson, Radio Operator of the memphis Belle, Tex Hill of the American Volunteer Group "Flying Tigers", four crew
members of the 91st BG B-17 "Pist'l Packin' Mama", Maj. "Dutch" Van Kirk, navigator of the B-29 "Enola Gay," Morris
Jeppson (USN) who armed the bomb, Captain Sherman Best, pilot of 17 missions of the B-26 Flak-Bait, the bomber with
the highest number of missions during the war now on display at the Smithsonian, Forrest Guth of the 101st AB "Band
of Brothers", Sgt. Bill Fili, B-24 gunner/navigator and Ploiesti veteran, Lt. Carl Constein, "Hump" pilot and WASP
members Ethel Finley, Scotty Gough, and Florence Shutsy-Reynolds, plus noted aviation artists Gil Cohn, Raymond Moats,
and David Sample.
The AWON table was manned and womaned by a number of AWONers over the weekend.
The group above includes Lynne Lecrone, Walt Linne, Maggie Fenstermacher, AWON
President, Patricia Gaffney-Ansel, and (retired at the end of May), Maggie Malone.
Anne Mix, Lynne Lecrone, Bill Chiodo, Walt Linne, Patricia Gaffney-Ansel, and Doni Troglio.
Down in front: Maggie Malone and Maggie Fenstermacher.
Brian Hope was an orphan "found" and is shown immediately joining AWON. Welcome Brian!!!
Presentations about AWON and our Fathers were made by AWON Founder,
Ann Bennett Mix, President Patricia Gaffney-Ansel, Board Member
Maggie Malone, and Norm Burkey.
Walt Linne, Ann Mix, Patricia Gaffney-Ansel, Bill Chiado, Donna Allen, Jean Rhinehart,
Doni Troglio and Joan Miller.
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Thanks to Maggie Fenstermacher and Donna Allen for sending the pictures,
and to all of you who spent so much time in planning the logistics & scheduling
(a huge undertakling) and represented AWON at the annual Reading Air Show.