The March 25th open house will feature a 1 p.m. film and lecture to be conducted by FMHA president and well known local historian, Dr. Gary Wray.  The subject: The Doolittle Raid with the accompanying film and story revolving around Delaware native Lieutenant Colonel Dick Cole.

Lt Col Cole flew with General Doolittle in the lead B-25 bomber over Tokyo.  Autographed copies of Lt Col Cole’s book, “Dick Cole’s War,” will be available for purchase. In addition, Matt Sager from the Delaware Aviation Museum will discuss the last remaining B-25 aircraft used in the raid, which is located in Georgetown DE.

While touring Battery 519 (tours start every 20 minutes commencing at 10:20 a.m.) visitors will see the paintings of local artist Paul Rendel.  Paul is known for his depictions of World War II aircraft and was a commissioned artist of the United States Air Force. The Gallery also features paintings completed by Howard Schroeder while he was stationed at Fort Miles as well as paintings by Abraxas Hudson and Mary Marshall.

The entrance to Battery 519 is reached by walking/biking through the Fort Miles Museum Artillery Park.  Admission to Battery 519 is $5 per adult or $15 for a family package.  Free for children ages 7 and under accompanied by a paying adult.

Photo courtesy of National Museum of the United States Air Force