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St. Boniface students visit “Rise Above” exhibit

Dr. Harold Brown shows Savannah Hetrick (right) and Meghan Glenn how to make the complex folds of a paper airplane.

St. Boniface of Oak Harbor fifth and sixth graders had the experience of a lifetime when they visited the Rise Above travelling educational exhibit at the Liberty Aviation Museum in Port Clinton. The program began as students had the chance to talk with Tuskegee Airman Dr. Harold Brown. Dr. Brown told of his experiences as a pilot in WWII flying a P-51C Red Tail Mustang and then assisted the students in creating complex paper airplanes for a distance-flying contest. 

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Escorted pilot tells how Tuskegee Airmen “Rise Above”

First Lieutenant Clyde Gilbert and Dr. Harold Brown.

The CAF Red Tail Squadron “Rise Above” Traveling Exhibit was at the Liberty Aviation Museum May 15-17. The exhibit offered a great opportunity to educate the young and the seasoned about the Tuskegee Airmen. It serves as not only an education tool, but as a venue for veterans to meet and share stories about their military service.

B-24 pilot Melvin Shafer of the 15th Air Force was at the exhibit on Saturday. Shafer served three years in the Air Force and currently resides in Fremont. “I was escorted by the Tuskegee Airmen on many occasions; they would always be right there where you could see them.”

Shafer was in Italy and would go through Hungry and Austria and took comfort in being escorted by the Tuskegee Airmen. He said that other escort squadrons would stay far ahead when the Tuskegee Airmen would hang close.

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