LIVING HISTORY PASSING THE TORCH OF LIBERTY ON TO FUTURE GENERATIONS
QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER—VOL. 7 NO. 2
A MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT SCOTT WILLIAMS
I write this in remembrance of George Emerson who passed away December 22, 2021. Jack R. Hammett and I recruited George for The Freedom Committee in 2012. George was a docent at Lyon Air Museum at the time. Back in February 1945, late in WWII, he was a member of the Barratt crew, 303rd Bomb Group, 8th Air Force. A B-17 Tail Gunner, who had participated in the Battle of the Bulge, he was on his 17th bombing mission headed for oil fields in Lutzkendorf, Germany. On approach at 25,000 feet/50 degrees, a nearby B-17 was hit by German artillery flak causing the two bombers to collide mid air, severing the tail section of George’s plane, with him in it.