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Eighth Air Force Patch from Wikipedia

Eighth Air Force Patch

SAVANNAH, Georgia (May 22, 2013) – Thank you for honoring America’s World War II heroes, HBO, Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks!

Hollywood’s champions of film and patriotism are developing a 10-hour HBO series based on the Mighty Eighth Air Force, activated during World War II in Savannah, Georgia in January 1942. We are following the HBO Eighth Air Force film news, and what we are reading so far is that Savannah filming will being in October 2013.

Get away for your USA holiday vacation this summer to visit the Birthplace of Eighth Air Force in Savannah, Georgia USA. Summer is significant to the Mighty Eighth Air Force.

On D-Day (June 6, 1944), over 2,300 sorties were flown by Eighth Air Force heavy bombers in the Normandy and Cherbourg invasion areas, all aimed at neutralizing enemy coastal defenses and front-line troops.

The historical marker begins,

“On 28 January 1942, the Eighth Air Force, was activated in the adjacent building, a National Guard Armory at the time. Having moved to England, the Eighth was ready on 17 August to test the theory that daylight bombing raids could be made with profitable results. Twelve B-17’s participated in this mission, striking the railway marshalling yards at Rouen, France, and returning safely to their home base….”

The designated birthplace is the Old Chatham Artillery building (now American Legion Post 135), at Bull Street near Park Avenue, just south of Forsyth Park in downtown Savannah.

Betty Bombers a themed WWII cafe near Forsyth Park, Savannah GA | Photo (c) Sandy Traub

Betty Bombers a themed WWII cafe near Forsyth Park, Savannah GA

There locals and travelers may dine on organic fare at Betty Bombers, All-American Mess Hall is a delightful canteen-type sandwich shop with a World War II theme. We recommend the delicious made-to-order hamburgers!

Architectural Note: Atop the American Legion building (Post 135, 1108 Bull Street, Chatham Artillery) is an American Eagle with wings spread perched on what appears to be an olive branch.  American’s foremost sculptor in the first half of the 20th Century, Lee Oscar Lawrie, sculpted Hyman Wallace Witcover’s eagle.

Get closer to the HBO new series’ story, any time! The National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force is located in Pooler, a few minutes drive west of Savannah.

Friends visit Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum near Savannah Georgia USA | Photo (c) Sandy Traub

B&B innkeepers visit National Museum of Mighty Eighth Air Force near Savannah, Georgia USA

If you would like to just linger and reminisce over a simple lunch, dine on-site in the museum’s pub at Miss Sophie’s Marketplace — Monday – Friday  from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

“Noble Spirit” evident in more patriotic Savannah places

The World War II Memorial – dedicated in 2010, is a Celebration of the Greatest Generation. The WWII Memorial [pic] is located on River Street on WWII Memorial Plaza. “Conceptualized and designed by Savannah’s own Eric Meyerhoff, this memorial [entitled “A World Apart”] is a visible symbol of a nation’s gratitude for extraordinary acts of courage and selflessness” writes the Veterans Council of Chatham County, Georgia USA.  Actor James Cromwell helped to raise the final funds — $180,000 of the $1 million campaign — to complete the memorial in Savannah.

“May God Bless America as a land of liberty for future generations,” says our B&B innkeeper Diane McCray.

“Do us a favor, please.  Thank a USA veteran every chance you get!  Come to visit whenever you can. We’d love for you to stay at our top-rated Green Palm Inn“.

Diane McCray, Innkeeper

Statue of Liberty in Savannah GA USA

Did you know? Statue of lady “Liberty” is atop Pulaski Monument in downtown Savannah, Monterey Square.

P.S. Did you know? During World War II (1941-1945), Savannah’s own Johnny Mercer was in California, developing songs, films and entertainment for America’s effort in World War II.  In 1942 Mercer cofounded Capitol Records in Hollywood with movie mogul Buddy DeSylva and music store owner Glen Wallichs. The company survived a wartime shortage of shellac (which was necessary for manufacturing phonograph records) to produce several hits, including Mercer’s “Strip Polka” and “G. I. Jive.” Source: New Georgia Encyclopedia 


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