KMHS Members

The Americans

Veterans of the 445 Bomb Group, their family, and friends, authors, historians, World War II buffs, and other interested parties join together to make up the Kassel Mission Historical Society.

Fall, 2007 in America. Kassel Mission and 445th BG veterans stand in front of the newly dedicated 445th BG bench at the Mighty Eighth Museum in Pooler, Georgia in 2006.


The Germans

KMHS recognizes the epic work of Walter Hassenpflug of Ludwigsau, Germany as the "founding father" of Kassel Mission research. Also recognized is Guenter Lemke of Heringen, Germany for his role as our chief translator, and KMHS archeologist Eberhard Haelbig of Eisenach, Germany for his Kassel Mission Musem.

Erlyn Jensen and Brian Kleeman on 445th BG bench at the Mighty 8th Air Force Museum outside of Savannah, 27 September 2008. Just behind lies a newly dedicated plaque which tells the Kassel Mission story.


The English

KMHS recognizes the Norfolk Gliding Club, which maintains the field at the former 445th airbase in Tibenham. In 2007, the club applied for a grant to create a 445th Bomb Group Heritage Center at the base. KMHS supports and will contribute in all possible ways to make this project a reality as Tibenham once again becomes a destination for those traveling in England.

 27 September 2008 in Germany. Every year, the Germans join together in remembrance of what happened on this day in 1944 and to celebrate this memorial which was created in 1991 by the coming together of former enemies now friends.

27 September 2008 in Germany. Every year, the Germans join together in remembrance of what happened on this day in 1944 and to celebrate this memorial which was created in 1991 by the coming together of former enemies now friends.


KMHS welcomes all Tibenham residents and thanks them for sharing their recollections of the 445th BG. KMHS also recognizes and supports the beautiful 2nd Air Division Library in Norwich, England.

 27 September 2008 in England at the site of the former 445th Bomb Group base at Tibenham. Courtesy of the Norfolk Gliding Club.

27 September 2008 in England at the site of the former 445th Bomb Group base at Tibenham. Courtesy of the Norfolk Gliding Club.