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Old 11-04-2012, 09:53 PM   #1
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1945 Air Show - - Freeman Field, Seymour, Indiana!

Below is an email I received in its entirety. Credit is given to Sam Kaiser, and I have no idea who that is. As stated, the video is vintage 16mm type video but the superimposed music, great MUSIC. If you don't like the video, just close your eyes and listen - it will take you back if you are my age. Although in 1945 I was only 4 years old, the music lived on for many years.

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"Subject: 1945 Air Show - Worth A Look (it is 10 minutes 37 seconds long and is grainy but great).

Fascinating footage of captured enemy aircraft from a 1945 Air Show in Freeman Field, Seymour, Indiana, USA.
Thanks to Sam Kaiser - An interesting display of captured weapons. Freeman Field was in Seymour, Indiana.

For those of us over 70, this is a great video. For those of you under 70, you may not appreciate fully this video or the background music. Remember, this is four months after Germany surrendered and just one month after Japan surrendered. There was a fabulous mood in America at that time and you just had to be there and be old enough to appreciate it.
When this video was made in 1945, I was nine years old. Personally,I do not remember ever being happier in my life. In fact, I do not remember America ever being happier.
World War II was over and America had won it all. Our troops were coming home, jobs were plentiful and our entire country was in a perpetual state of euphoria. America was on top of the world and we knew it. We didn't apologize for it either.

The background music is the real deal; the actual music that was at the top of the Hit Parade in 1944-45. It took me right back to 1945 and the wonderful memories I had of that time. The background music is, I believe, Glenn Miller's band playing "In the Mood," "Tuxedo Junction," "String of Pearls" and the Tommy Dorsey orchestra with Frank Sinatra singing "I'll Be Seeing You," an absolutely perfect song for that time. In fact, it was popular for nearly the entire duration of WW-II. Listen carefully to the lyrics and put them in the context of America's boys going off to war and you will understand what I mean. "

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Old 11-05-2012, 01:03 AM   #2
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Thanks Wayne, I was just a tad over one when that event happened. have no recollections of the event other than the TV, also in black and white. I think putting this into public domain is very important and useful for teaching our grandchildren.

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Old 11-05-2012, 04:34 AM   #3
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Wayne, Thank You for the clip.

I was born in 1945, the last of six kids. My oldest brother was a POW in WW2.
I enjoyed the video immensely.
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Old 11-05-2012, 08:43 AM   #4
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That was Fantastic Wayne !!! Thanks so much for sharing it !! My Dad was a US Marine in that war,, and I grew up listening to that music, and still to this day I am fascinated with war birds from that era ... I still love that music,, I was in band growing up,, a trumpet player,, and learned to play several of those songs.. I got to meet Dw's Dad once before he passed away, he retired being a crew chief (I think it was called different then) on 4 engine bombers,, I sure wish I had more time to spend with him.... Thanks again,,, Excellent !!!
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Old 11-05-2012, 02:06 PM   #5
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Freeman Air Museum

Indiana Military, a WW2 & Korean War history site was responsible for converting the 16mm film to digital. It is a production of the Freeman Air Museum, Seymour, IN. If you noted the very large German 4 engine bomber, the Condor, it is interesting that after flying it to the US and all around the air shows, they discovered a live booby trap in one wing joint. A switch in the cockpit to activate the bomb was never used because no one could read the German lettering. Visit the site for hundreds of photos of the captured German, Japanese and Italian planes once here, along with British and experimental American aircraft.
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Thanks for posting this Wayne. I was 13 then and the music from that era will live on forever, at least in my mind. Sure is nice to hear vocals where the words are understandable. Thanks again
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Indiana Military

The site referred too is strictly a website. No artifacts. It is the OFFICIAL website for Freeman Field, Camp Atterbury (history), Wakeman & Billings General Hospitals, German & Italian POWs in Indiana, Camp Atterbury POW Stockade, and many others. Largest private site in Indiana with more than 50 Gigabytes of pure history. No comments or interpretations. Also includes reconstructed Rosters for more than 90,000 men of the Divisions that trained at Camp Atterbury, namely the 28th, 30th, 31st, 83rd, 92nd and 106th. Many wartime camp newspapers. Hosted by the Indiana AmVets, supported by the US Army and Civilian Air Patrol.

Freeman Air Museum, located at Seymour, IN in original Link Trainer bldgs, is full of artifacts, including hundreds of recently recovered aircraft items, dug up from the field in an on-going search.

The Freeman Field portion of the site includes dozens of photos of the captured enemy aircraft once there for restoration and research. Most of the planes now at other Museums, began their journey at Freeman.

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Thanks for posting the link, lots of historic things to see and read about.
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Thanks Wayne for posting.

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