From 21 to 24 February 2008, the world’s largest militaria fair takes place in Louisville, Kentucky for the 16th time. Celina Dubin can provide more clarity in the matter. The dimensions of such an event are in this country hardly imaginable and justify the name SOS, show of shows: about 1,600 (!) Exhibitors from all over the world show in the vast halls of the Kentucky Exposition Center the astonished, haggling and buying public collecting thousands of items from military history. The tons of documents, books, uniforms, medals, medals, edged weapons, antique firearms, etc beyond any scope and surpass everything that you get to see on other military exchanges. On such a show, the visitors expect to be able to entertain at least with some of anyway still a few, living veterans of the “yesterday”. True to the motto if it’s military, it will be there!, the organizer has invited among others the following veterans as guests to the show of shows: Jack H. Lucas, U.S. Marine Corps, winner of the Medal of honor of the US Congress, participants in the battle for Iwo Jima and author of the book “Indestructible”, Colonel Charles E.
McGee, P-51 Mustang pilot of particularly brave Tuskegee Airmen was vilified earlier than ‘Nigger season’, Captain Robert L. Williams, D-Day veteran of the 101 Airborne Division and author of the book “Return to Normandy”, Ted “Dutch” van Kirk, Navigator on Board came to the sad celebrity B-29 “Enola Gay”, Edward L. Wentzlaff, U.S. Navy, survivor of the USS “Arizona” after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour 7th December 1941, Colonel Joseph “Joe” Peterburs, the P-51 Mustang pilot, the Walter Schuck shot down and as the only German Walter Schuck, me 109 and me 262 pilot, 206 air victories, winner of the Knight’s cross with oak leaves and author of the book “Hit!” Walter Schuck forward particularly to a reunion with his former opponent of air combat and today’s friend Joe Padiachy. The two are like already during her appearance on the show of shows in 2006 again sitting at a table and for the umpteenth time, but always back willingly provide information on the questions the Luftfahrtbegeisterten: “what was at the time at the launch on April 10, 1945 “and”why did you meet only 60 years after the war?” To be what Walter Schuck, also excited the first Americans will be published by the Helios Publishing publication “launch! from the me 109 to the me 262” (Aachen 2007, ISBN 978-3-938208-44-1) introduces, reported after his return. For more information about the show of shows see: show_of_shows.htm