Lt. Col. George A. Larson USAF (Ret.): Author of “Great Plains Warriors of World War II: Air Bases and Plants Built for War: Nebraska’s Contribution to Winning the War” book signing event will be held in place of our monthly Genealogy Roundtable Forum on Thursday, July 23rd from 9:00am to noon.
Until now, Army Air Force Bases in Nebraska during World War II had never before been presented in a single book (most of the photographed structures are no longer visible). These stories and photographs mostly focus on America’s Greatest Generation, which fought and won World War II. Also included are information on and images of the Martin B-26/Martin-Boeing B-29 Superfortress production plant at Fort Crook. One section deals with the building of modified B-29s for the 509th Composite Group, referred to after the war as the “Atomic Bomb Group,” which dropped the two atomic bombs on Japan, ending World War II. Also learn about German and Italian Prisoner of War camps, where POWs contributed to agricultural production in Nebraska, helping feed American troops, Allied troops, and civilian populations around the world. Most Americans are not aware of the huge numbers of Axis POWs held in America during the war.
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing
Publication Date: December 28, 2014
About the Author: Lieutenant Colonel George A. Larson, USAF (Ret.), graduated from Iowa State University at Ames, Iowa, with a BS in History and a commission as a Second Lieutenant, United States Air Force, in May 1969. He earned a Master of Arts degree in History from the University of Stanislaus at Turlock, California, in June 1978. He served as a strategic intelligence officer with the Strategic Air Command and the Joint Strategic Target Planning Staff, Defense Intelligence Agency, Pacific Air Forces, with an assignment with Republic of South Korea Air Force, Alternate National Military Command Center, Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon. He was Commandant of Cadets with Air Training Command’s Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa. While in the Air Force, Lt. Col. Larson completed: Air Force Squadron Officers School, Air Command and Staff College, Air War College, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Naval War College, Foreign Service Institute program on the Middle East, Soviet Union, and Eastern Europe. He has written four books and over 300 magazine articles on military history, aviation, naval, and general history. He is a member of the Rapid City Military Veterans Writing Group.