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Air Command and Staff College hosts families of WWII heroes for 'Masters of the Air' screening

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  • By Airman 1st Class Tyrique Barquet
  • Air University Public Affairs

Air University’s Air Command and Staff College hosted the families of World War II heroes for a special screening of the first two episodes of the highly anticipated Apple TV series "Masters of the Air" on Jan. 26, 2024.

The nature of the event brought together a diverse audience, paying homage to the Airmen’s esprit de corps, consisting of active-duty military, veterans, base leadership, faculty and students. Relatives of the WWII heroes that were depicted in the show also graced the occasion, sharing inspirational insights into the lives and legacies of their loved ones.

"Masters of the Air" is a TV series exploring World War II strategic bombing doctrine, with Maxwell Air Force Base and Air University playing pivotal roles.

As the lights dimmed and the first episode started, reverence and anticipation was seen on the attendees faces, seeming keenly aware of the historical weight and significance of the moment.

At the end of the screening, the spotlight shifted to the relatives of the World War II heroes portrayed in "Masters of the Air," who stayed afterwards to share their personal reflections and familial connections to the era. Among them were descendants of celebrated aviators and crew members whose bravery and sacrifice left an indelible mark on history.

“My dad and I went to the Savannah 100th Bomb Group reunion over a decade ago, and the production company interviewed him to get some of his thoughts,” said William Henry Couch Jr., son of Army Air Corps Lt. William Henry Couch Sr., a bombardier during World War II. “So, to be here and see the legacy being carried on … it’s fantastic.”


The screening also provided active-duty officers a platform to engage in meaningful discussions with the descendants of the characters featured in the show. Some of the family members delved into the historical accuracy of the series and its portrayal of the human experience amidst the backdrop of war, fostering a deeper appreciation for the sacrifices made by the Greatest Generation.

Lt. Col. Matt “Indy” Ziemann, Department of Leadership at Air Command and Staff College, emphasized the importance of events like the screening in preserving the legacy of World War II veterans. "As stewards of military education and heritage, it is our duty to honor the sacrifices of those who came before us," he stated. "By commemorating their bravery and resilience, we ensure that their stories continue to inspire future generations of leaders in the Air Force and beyond."