January Film & Lecture, Pearl Harbor, Draws Packed House

The Fort Miles Museum is expanding its public programming in 2017, highlighted by a new World War II Film & Lecture Series.   The Series will be a part of a monthly Museum Open House, starting on Saturday January 28th. The new programs are in addition to regularly scheduled tours of Battery 519 and the Museum’s Art Gallery.

The Fort Miles Film & Lecture Series will be moderated by Dr. Gary D. Wray, President of the Fort Miles Historical Association. Each session will include discussion of the “Delaware Connection” to the topic.  Upcoming Series topics, and start times, are as follows:

Saturday, January 28, 2017, 1pm:

Pearl Harbor – featuring the air heroics of Lt. George Welch of Wilmington.  A Saint Andrews School alumni, Welsh shot down four of the 29 Japanese planes lost that fateful day. He was the first American soldier to be awarded the Distinguished Service Cross in World War II.

Saturday, February 25, 2017, 1 pm:

The German Submarine attack on the east coast of the US  – The surrender of U 858, the first German warship to surrender to U.S. forces, on May 14, 1945.  U 858 was docked at Fort Miles, where the crew was held, and was then taken to the Philadelphia Naval Yard.

Saturday, March 25, 2017, 3 pm:

The Doolittle Raid – the story of Doolittle co-pilot Lt Col Dick Cole, the last surviving Doolittle Raider.  Learn more about the B-25’s flown during this raid, and the details of the still-flying B-25 housed at the Delaware Coastal Airport in Georgetown.   Autographed copies of Cole’s book Dick Cole’s War will be on sale.

Saturday, April 29, 2017, 11 am:

The Battle of Midway – featuring the artwork of local Paul Rendel. Retired USN captain Bill Manthorpe will talk about the role of breaking the Japanese JN-25 code and the role of Commander Joe Rochefort.

Saturday, May 27, 2017, 3 pm:

The Bombing of Europe – learn about the Boeing B-17 and its famous “ball turret gunner.”  Dubbed the “Flying Fortress,” the B-17 was the most famous bomber of World War II.

Museum Open House hours are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Admission to Battery 519 is $5.00.  Visiting the Museum’s new Artillery Park is free as is admission to the Film & Lecture Series. Limited seating.  Phone 302-644-5007 for tour tickets and 302-645-0753 for more information about the film/lecture series.