Frederick Airport will again be the setting for a WWII Veterans reunion on Friday, Nov 4th. Members of the WWII U.S. Army Air Corps 13th Troop Carrier Squadron, also known as the "Thirsty 13th", will arrive in a vintage WWII C-47 to visit Frederick Army Airfield and visit with local WWII Veteran Carl Peters of Faxon, OK. The veterans will have lunch in the chow hall and tour the facilities of the WWII Airborne Demonstration Team. Members of the public are invited to come out to meet the members of the Greatest Generation, and to see the “Southern Cross”, a Douglas C-47/DC-3, based out of Meacham field in Forth Worth Texas. The WWII Airborne Demonstration Team’s C-47 “Boogie Baby” and DC-3 “Boop-de-Boop" will also be on display.
The "Thirsty 13th" was one of the first U.S. Army transport squadrons to fly in the South Pacific, an area unique for its combination of long distances over water, mountainous terrain, and challenging weather. For more information, visit their website at http://thirsty13th.com/.
The WWII Airborne Demonstration Team’s mission, to “Remember, Honor and Serve” veterans, is achieved primarily by performing live, WWII style, airborne jump operations from WWII-era C-47 aircraft. Its headquarters is located in the only remaining WWII hangar on the former Frederick Army Airfield, which served as a pilot training base during the war.
For more information about the team, please visit http://www.wwiiadt.org/, or contact Sharon Bennett, public affairs officer, at 580-305-2289.