Two Long Island WWII Veterans to be Interviewed
By Japanese TV Station for Documentary.
Veterans Recall Their Role in Bombing of Japan During WWII.
This Wednesday, July 11, 2019 at 11am, Two American WWII veterans will be interviewed by a Japanese journalist from RSK Sanyo Broadcasting for a documentary depicting the effects of WWII on the Japanese homeland. The Long Island veterans were crew members on B-29 long range bombers that delivered devastating blows to the Imperial Nation of Japan and helped bring about the end of WWII. The interviews will take place at the American Airpower Museum at 1230 New Highway, Republic Airport, Farmingdale, NY 11735. The producers of the documentary have previously interviewed survivors of bombing raids in Japan and now wish to tackle the topic from the American point of view. Media and Veterans are invited.
Shelter Island resident Robert Strugats, was a twenty year old bombardier with 315th Bomb wing, 501st Bomb Group stationed on North West Field, Guam. “We flew both day and night bombing missions, in our B29,” recalls the 95 year old Strugats. “We were in the air on each mission approximately 15-16 hours”. He flew and received credit for fifteen missions attacking oil refineries throughout Japan. His B-29 was hit by enemy fire on several of their missions but returned base with no loss of life.
Stanley Pollack was 19 years old when he joined the Army Air Corps in July of 1943. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Aerial Gunner’s Badge for his service as a B-29 mechanic and gunner in the Asiatic Pacific theater during WWII.
The B-29 Super Fortress bomber was the largest and most complex bomber of WWII. It was designed specifically for long range, high altitude missions needed to bring the war to the Japanese mainland. Designed and built by Boeing Aircraft, it was the first pressurized bomber to see service with the US Army Air Corps. A B-29 named Enola Gay, dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. Three days later a second bomb was dropped over Nagasaki by Bock’s Car. The Japanese announced their surrender on August 15 and formally signed surrender unconditional documents on September 2, 1945 ending WWII after nearly six years of fighting and more than fifty million dead.
What: WWII Veterans recall their role in bombing Japan to
Where: The American Airpower Museum
1230 New Highway, Farmingdale, NY 11735
When: Thursday July 11, 2019 – 11:00am