Provided by: City of Lubbock
The Silent Wings Museum is thrilled to announce a Talk with POW, Fiske Hanley.
Less than twelve hours after receiving his degree in aeronautical engineering, Fiske Hanley was on a train bound for basic training as an Air Force Aviation Cadet. Nine months later he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant.
Assigned as a B-29 flight engineer, he was attached to the 504th Bombardment Group (VH). In January 1945, they flew their new B-29 to Tinian Island in the Pacific and began bombing missions over Japan. On the seventh mission their plane was shot down. Lt. Hanley arrived on Japanese soil via parachute and thus began his harrowing experience as an Accused American War Criminal.
Kept in overcrowded, filthy dungeon cells in Tokyo, they were not treated as Prisoners of War but were designated as Special Prisoners to be tried and executed. Hanley will be talking about his experiences as a POW. He is the author of Accused American War Criminal.
Following Hanley will be Emile Engels, a WWII historian who, as a twelve year old, worked as an interpreter in Belgium during the Battle of the Bulge. On December 23, 1944, he was 10 km from Bastogne and could see the first fleet of troop carriers flying low over the town. Engels will be talking about his experiences during the Battle of the Bulge. He is the author of La campagne des Ardennes: 1944-1945.
The Silent Wings Museum Talk will be FREE and open to the public on Thursday, May 1st at 10 a.m. in the Silent Wings Museum Hangar Gallery.