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Memorial Miniature Golf and Museum: Hole 8 – 8th Air Force
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Often underappreciated in contributing to victory in Europe was the strategic bombing campaign against Germany, and no unit fought more over Nazi skies than the 8th Air Force. Organized in 1942, the unit was originally known as VIII Bomber Command. The unit flew daylight raids while the British RAF preferred to operate by night. The unit flew her first combat mission from England on August 17th, 1942, flying B-17s over French marshalling yards.
It wasn’t until February 1944 that the 8th Air Force became an independent unit and began to attack in far greater numbers. The first major operation for the newly formed 8th Air Force became known as big week. During Big Week over 1,000 bombers, 800 Mustangs and Spitfire fighters bombed 12 German aircraft factories, while braving the deadly walls of flak anti-aircraft fire, as well as attacking German fighters.
On March 6th, the 8th Air Force undertook their first raid against Berlin, sending 800 bombers against the heavily defended Reich capital. The 9th Air Force also contributed to the D-Day landings, striking at railway yards and fuel depots to disrupt German supplies in France.
By Summer 1944, the 8th Air Force had all but destroyed the Luftwaffe’s fighters, due mainly to the P-51 Mustang escort fighters that protected American bomber formations all the way to their targets.
After D-Day the 8th Air Force’s primary objective was to destroy German synthetic lubricant and ball bearing manufacturing facilities. In the last days of the war, 8th Air Force Bombers struck targets as far east as Hungary and Czechoslovakia.
Despite their major contributions to defeating Hitler’s Germany, over half of all American Air Force casualties were suffered by the 8th Air Force. Across the globe, just as the 8th Air Force was preparing to ship out for England, another pivotal battle was being fought, not in the skies, but in the seas of East Asia…(continued on hole #9)
Vocabulary Word: Flak – Flak was arguably the greatest fear for Allied bomber crews in the skies above Nazi territory. Appearing as harmless black puffs of smoke in the sky, these exploding shells were capable of wreaking havoc on even the toughest bombers. Generally fired from the formidable 88mm gun, flak positions covered Germany and made any bombing mission exceedingly dangerous.Memorial Miniature Golf and Museum
This is one of the shortest holes on the course. It’s a jump from a ramp onto the 8th Air Force insignia. The hole is located on the back right.
Mister Mini Golf Pro Tips
There is not a lot of runway behind the hole so you will want to layup on this one just a tad.
ADA Accessibility Notes: ADA compliant pathways are installed to allow for 9 holes of accessible play.
For more details on course accessibility, always check in with a course you are visiting as they may be able to do additional accommodations. In addition, a great resource is the ADA Checklist for Miniature Golf Courses.
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