385th Bomb Group Association Reunion
October 16-20, 2013
The 2013 385th BGA reunion was held in Bloomington, Minnesota at the Hilton Minneapolis/St. Paul-Airport/Mall of America. A small but enthusiastic group of attendees enjoyed several days of socializing and activities. Chuck Smith and Royanne Donnelly once again outdid themselves hosting our hospitality suite, providing a wide range of libations and a plentiful variety of snacks. Over the course of the reunion, the hospitality suite was our HQ and featured “hanger flying” stories and recollections, music from the Big Band era, interesting videos on topics associated with the Mighty Eighth in WW II and, of course, the World Series and College Football games.
Thursday, October 17, featured our group luncheon and annual memorial service honoring those who have “flown their last mission.”
Friday, October 18, we took an extended guided tour of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St.Paul that everyone found interesting and informative. Highlights included stops at the Guthrie Performing Arts Center, the Minnesota State House and the Minehaha State Park, site of the scenic Minehaha waterfall, and the Mall of America. A Friday night pizza party in the hospitality suite was enjoyed by all.
Saturday morning was our Annual Meeting including a discussion of future direction of the 385th BG Association, a demonstration of our Web Site and FaceBook page and an interesting presentation on the evolution of uses for pilotless aircraft (drones) ranging from pizza delivery to tornado mapping to whale watching. Our Saturday evening banquet featured music by the Bend in the River Big Band featuring vocalist Linnea Marrin. The band included saxaphonist Reuben Haugen, himself a WW II veteran and pilot of an L-4 Grasshopper spotter during the Philippines campaign!
Check out the REUNION PIX AND VIDEOS page!!