Following the Second World War, Dr. Walter Dornberger was one of many former Nazis who launched a second career in America’s space program.
Polish-Buffalonian Matthew Urban served his country gallantly during the Second World War, emerging as the most decorated combat veteran in U.S. history.
Three-quarters of a century ago, the United States was drawn into the Second World War following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Archival documents chronicle the impact of these turbulent years on Western New York.
The end of the Second World War signaled the beginning of the Cold War, and with it the need to defend the industry and population of the Niagara Frontier from a potential onslaught by Soviet bombers. Such an attack never occurred, but we examine the various measures that were taken to shield our region from nuclear obliteration.
The Aircrew College Detachment Training Program provided a solution to the huge number of applicants for the U.S. Army Air Forces, while providing future officers with important academic training. Both the University at Buffalo and Canisius College hosted some of these future flyboys.
Growing up in Western New York played a major role in shaping the world view of this charter member of FDR’s “Brain Trust.” Though labeled “Rex the Red” by his opponents, some of his philosophies and programs continue to impact the nation today.
A dedicated group of Western New Yorkers engage in a unique example of historic preservation.
We revisit the intriguing story a Bell P-39 fighter’s trip to the Soviet Union.