U.S. Army Aircorp, 8th Airforce
Tuesday, March 20th
Eighth Air Force Stratigic Bombing Over Germany
George Stiftinger enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps December 7, 1942 and was sent to Deming Army Air Base, New
Mexico. Following Training, George was graduated as a Bombardier officer on March 18, 1944. He was then transferred
to the 486th Bomb Group, 3rd Air Division of the Eighth Air Force Group, Sudbury, England on November 3, 1944.
During his lecture, George will focus on the following "What Ifs":
1. What if the Germans had discovered the best kept secret of WWII.
2. What if long-range fighters were available before fall of 1943.
3. What if the bombing accuracy was as good as predicted.
4. What if Bomber Groups had better radar for forming up in overcast.
5. What if we had better understood fear of flying and use of alcohol by airmen.
Also the following note: Because of scheduled renovation work in the lower section of the library, lectures
for March 20th, April 17th and May 22nd will be held in the Fellowship Hall of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church at
Parkview and Lycoming Avenues in Abington.
Tuesday, February 19th
Poems and Writings of Death, Love, and Fears from Veterans, Loved Ones and Gifted Poets through the Years
George Stiftinger, accompanied by several associates, will present a collection of poems and writings from members
of many units that participated in World War I, World War II, the Home Front, plus Prisoners of War. The collection
was compiled by George Stiftinger and a team of helpers. This is a variation on the normal monthly lecture by a
veteran of WWII.