WMMOA 2019/2020 Year
WMMOA Says Goodbye To A Hero
On Saturday our chapter lost a good friend and our last member of The Greatest Generation. As we aviators say, on April 11th 1st Lieutenant Vince Werner requested clearance and departed to the West on his final flight. Vince was an extremely proud WWII veteran serving in the US Army Air Forces (USAAF). He served as a B-17 Navigator in the 15th Air Force, 5th Bomb Wing, 2nd Bomb Group, 96th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) as member of Crew #515 based at Amendola Army Air Field in the Foggia precinct of Italy from March to July 1944. He was credited for 51 combat missions and was the last surviving member of his crew. Vince shared his wartime experiences with the Chapter several years ago to include his early training before heading overseas and the amazing journey his squadron made from Texas to Italy via South America, the South Atlantic and North Africa, all via celestial navigation and dead reckoning. On his last two harrowing missions, Vince served as Lead B-17 Navigator of the entire 5th Bomb Wing guiding 168 aircraft from Amendola to the Blechhammer South Oil Refinery (GERMANY) and the Ploesti Xenia West Oil Refinery (ROMANIA). Among his awards, LT Werner received the USAAF Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters for meritorious service. God Bless you Lieutenant Werner, we will miss you.
2019/21 WMMOA Season Interruption
And then in February The China Virus hit America…
Great job all as your efforts in ‘social distancing’, staying home and wearing your masks has kept the spread of the China Virus in MT to the point were the Governor has authorize a limited re-opening of services in the state. It will not however allow for larger gatherings for months, so your board has formally cancelled the 2020 Banquet. We are still looking to have our summer activities, so plan to attend one or all of the events. President Jack will send out a notice in May with more details. Here is the schedule:
WMMOA Golf Tournament June 20th at the Highlands GC
WMMOA Range Day and Picnic July 18th at the Riverside Range
WMMOA Night at the “Paddle Heads” Ball Park August 17th
If you have questions please call one of the Board Members on the website contact page https://wmmoa.org/contact/. Thanks for all your support this year. Stay Safe and we will see you soon!