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April 4, 2020

Due to the current Covid-19 Shelter in Place order, the Society for Aviation History has closed our office until the order is lifted. With that, we will not be able to print our newsletter, hold board meetings, and have cancelled our June 6th general lunch meeting. We will be posting updates on our website and sending out email blasts when we are able to get back online. Thank you for your understanding and we hope everyone stays safe and healthy.

Our Last Meeting was Saturday, February 1, 2020

B-24 Liberators of the Indian Air Force

2020 SAH President Dave Osgood and Anandeep Pannu

The Society for Aviation History's first general meeting of 2020 was held February 1st at the Back Forty Texas BBQ restaurant in Pleasant Hill, Calif. Society President Dave Osgood explained the meeting agenda would run in reverse order because of unforeseen time constraints. Therefore, the crowd favorite buffet lunch was served immediately, followed by our guest speakers presentation. Member announcements, trivia quiz, and prizes closed out the meeting.

Following the hearty lunch, Osgood introduced Anandeep Pannu, a lifelong aviation enthusiast, historian, and pilot (warbirds, gliders, and competitive aerobatics just to name a few.) This was a fascinating story of how a newly independent nation and a nascent Indian aircraft industry, using its experiences gained during World War II, resurrected a force of 43 B-24Js - giving the Indian Air Force the largest force of heavy bombers in the region. The B-24 served for 20 years (till 1968) with the Indian Air Force in the conventional bombing and maritime patrol roles. The story of their service, the squadrons, and the men who flew them were revealed in this talk.

Anandeep Pannu is a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI), and has been an aviation enthusiast all his life. Anandeep grew up an Air Force brat. His father, a career Indian Air Force pilot instilled a love for "stick and rudder" aviation and the quest for mastery by example. The sounds he grew up with ranged from the putt-putt of small trainers, to the growl of large radials to the scream of jet engines. There were other members of his family who inspired him as well - they included a decorated World War II fighter pilot who flew Hawker Hurricanes in Burma, a Navy carrier-based jet pilot, and an Army helicopter pilot. Anandeep has the good fortune to fly a wide variety of aircraft including sailplanes, aerobatic airplanes, bush planes, Light Sport Aircraft, experimental aircraft, sea planes, glass panel aircraft and warbirds. Anandeep is part owner of a North American T-6G that he flies regularly, and as pilot with the Collings Foundations flies the B-24, B-17, and B-25.

Our February Meeting was held at the Back Forty Texas BBQ in Pleasant Hill.

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