National Park Service Announces a Lecture, "Surviving the Blitz! A Personal Remembrance," at Pearson Air Museum

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Date: November 19, 2015
Contact: Bob Cromwell, Pearson Air Museum Manager, (360) 816-6253

The National Park Service is pleased to announce a free public lecture in the Tex Rankin Theater at Pearson Air Museum on Saturday, December 5, 2015, from1:00-2:00 PM. "Surviving the Blitz! A Personal Remembrance" will be presented by NPS Volunteer-in-Parks Mr. Peter Stenhouse. Stenhouse was born in London, England, in 1932, and has vivid personal memories of living in London during the Battle of Britain in 1940, and during the subsequent aerial bombing campaign by the German Luftwaffe, called the "Blitz," for the next several years.

"Some of my clearest memories as a child revolve around spending time in air raid shelters, seeing and hearing the aerial battles between the RAF and the Luftwaffe, and seeing the resulting destruction of London in the aftermath," said Stenhouse. "These harrowing events within a major metropolitan area such as London over a period of years are hard to imagine occurring today."

Stenhouse will present a short slide show to initiate his presentation with background information on the buildup of Great Britain's involvement with World War II, moving on to his personal memories of the Battle of Britain. He will then conclude the presentation with memories of the next four years of the "Blitz" on London, then questions and answers.

Mr. Stenhouse went on to serve in the Royal Navy from 1948-1962, and was wounded in action in Cyprus. He studied archaeology and history in Great Britain and in the United States, and emigrated to the United States in 1962. He resides in Vancouver, Washington, and has been a volunteer at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site for almost a year.

What: "Surviving the Blitz! A Personal Remembrance."

When:Saturday, December 5, 2015, 1:00-2:00 PM

Where: Pearson Air Museum and Jack Murdock Aviation Center at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, 1115 E. 5th Street, Vancouver, WA.

Cost: Free

Last updated: November 21, 2015

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