NEW ORLEANS ( Associated Press) – The National WWII Museum in New Orleans has donated a gallery of aircraft to former pilot President George HW Bush, who was forced out of his bomber during the war when it was hit by Japanese anti-aircraft fire. .
The Times-Picayune / The New Orleans Advocate reported that Bush was remembered during the inauguration ceremony Tuesday at the museum where the gallery featuring planes that flew during the war was christened the George HW Bush Aviation Gallery. Overall, this was the same type of plan that Bush flew during the war – a blue-light bomber called an Avenger.
The future president was trying to eliminate a Japanese radio tower in 1944 when his plane was hit and he sponsored; a submarine rescued him but the other two men in the plane were killed. During the dedication ceremony, his grandson Pierce Bush said that the older Bush thought of the other men who did not make it constantly.
“Somehow,” Bush’s grandson said, “it had an impact on how he lived.”
The former president, who died in 2018, was an early supporter of the museum first called the D-Day Museum and later the National WWII Museum. The Aviation Gallery named in his honor includes six vintage aircraft, including the Avenger.
Governor John Bel Edwards also spoke at the ceremony, calling the late president a “war hero and a perfect civil servant.” The governor, who is also a former military member, also took note of the current military conflict in which Europe is involved, the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and lamented that the world is apparently “not smart enough” to learn from previous generations who experienced war. .