Tribute to WWII American airmen to open at Colorado museum

Wings over the Rockies Air & Space Museum has become the temporary home to “Lest We Forget: The Mission,” an exhibit of 12 life-size bronze figures memorializing the 88,000 American airmen who lost their lives in World War II, the company said.

“Lest We Forget: The Mission” was realized by former Major, WWII fighter pilot and artist Fredric Arnold who vowed to honor his fallen comrades, including 13 other members of Class 42-J, his P-38 training squadron. Major Arnold of Longmont, now 94 years of age, began the project more than four years ago and, with an assistant, has since sculpted the original monument using more than 3,000 pounds of clay.

The exhibit will be on display through January of 2017 after which time it will be transferred to the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Wings over the Rockies Air & Space Museum is Colorado´s official Air & Space museum, housed at the former Lowry Air Force Base in Denver.