Lo­cal man to share mem­o­ra­bilia of WWII

Serve Daily - - NEWS - By Ed Helmick

We have an in­ter­est­ing evening com­ing to the Springville-Span­ish Fork Air­port Wed­nes­day, Feb. 11. A lo­cal man, Kenny Kemp, has the col­lec­tion of mem­o­ra­bilia that re­counts his fa­ther’s his­tory as a young man en­ter­ing the U.S. Army Air Corp to train and fly a B-24 bomber in the war against Ja­pan.

Mr. Kemp has put to­gether a great book ti­tled “Fly­ing with the Flak Pak” that brings to us the events of his fa­ther’s life and a re­view of the events of World War II. What it was like dur­ing those war years as a young man and a bomber pi­lot will be dis­cussed in the evening pro­gram. The B-24 bomber was the same air­plane in the book and movie “Un­bro­ken.”

To quote from the back of Kenny Kemp’s “Flak Pak” book, what was it like:

To solo 10 hours af­ter your first air­plane ride?

To be given the con­trols of the most com­plex air­craft in the world?

To fly 12-hour mis­sions - of­ten at night, al­most al­ways over wa­ter - to find a tar­get a mile square?

To see clouds of flak burst­ing around you, put­ting out the sun?

To won­der if the glint on the hori­zon is a squadron of Ze­roes headed your way?

To watch your friends take off and won­der if you’ll see them again? To be a hero and not know it? This is go­ing to be a fas­ci­nat­ing evening, and we are so priv­i­leged to have Kenny share his fa­ther’s story and scrap­book with us. Ev­ery­one is wel­come to at­tend this free event, although seat­ing is limited to about 60 peo­ple. The lo­ca­tion is Hangar #49 at the Springville-Span­ish Fork Air­port. The pro­gram will be­gin at 7 p.m. For di­rec­tions, call Diamond Flight Cen­ter at 801-471-8167.

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