• Presenter: Anne Millbrooke
• Date: Monday, sept. 29
• time: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
• location: Aspen Pointe
Built to train bomber crews, the Great falls Army Air force Base became the point of departure for aircraft being ferried to the soviet union via Canada and Alaska. from the fall of 1942 to the fall of 1945, the u.s. sent 8,000 airplanes out of Great falls to fairbanks, Alaska, where the aircraft were transferred to soviet airmen for the flight across siberia. These aircrafts were for use against Germany’s eastern front — to keep the soviets in the war, to keep German forces divided between two fronts. This is the Great
falls story.


Reading: Gary Glynn, Montana’s Home Front during World War II (Missoula: Pictorial histories, 1994)


Anne Millbrooke grew up in Washington. She went east to college, first to Boise State College in Idaho, then to the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and finally to the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia for her doctorate. She ran the history program at United Technologies Corporation. She taught history at universities. She wrote an award-winning aviation history textbook used at universities, including the Air Force Academy.

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