We revisit the intriguing story a Bell P-39 fighter’s trip to the Soviet Union.
The full content is available in the Spring 2012 Issue.
Video of a presentation by Executive Director Douglas DeCroix to the Historical Association of Lewiston on February 25, 2021. Presentation topic was a WNY-built P-39 Airacobra fighter, its journey to Russia and back home again.
During World War II, Western New York sent thousands of aircraft to the Allies through Lend-Lease. The recent return of one of them provides an opportunity to explore the larger significance of that contribution.
The parachute that saved pilot Charles Stanley’s life served a second purpose upon his return home.