Mark your calendar for September 30, 2023, to attend a ceremony marking 80 years since the tragic B-17 accident that took place at Brooksville airport during WWII flight training. The public is welcome to honor and remember the eleven Airmen of B-17 #42-5229 who lost their lives on October 3, 1943.
The memorial event will take place at the EAA Building located at 2475 Broad Street, Brooksville, FL 34604. The gate will be open from 8:30 am to 11:30 am with the ceremony beginning at 9:30 am. Entrance to the event is free, and all are welcome to attend.
Attendees will have the opportunity to see five WWII aircraft on-site, proudly displayed by their owners. To enhance the memorial atmosphere, there will be music performed by the Flying Musicians brass quintet. A short program will include a reading of the events that occurred on October 3, 1943, including the names of the brave Airmen who lost their lives. Distinguished speakers will share their thoughts and reflections, and a minister will say a prayer to honor the fallen. The ceremony will include a rendition of Taps.
Coffee and donuts will be available for attendees as they pay tribute to the Airmen and reflect on their sacrifice. Hosted by EAA Chapter 1298, the memorial event will be an occasion of historical remembrance. Save the date of September 30, 2023, to pay tribute to the Airmen of B-17 #42-5229.