“Lest We Forget: The Mission” – a bronze exhibit memorializing the aviators of World War II – is now open at Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum.
The remarkable sculpture by World War II aviator Major Fredric Arnold, USAAC (Ret.) – “Lest We Forget: The Mission” – honors, preserves and promotes the heritage of the American combat pilots for future generations.
The statues were sculpted by Major Arnold and fellow artist, Sutton Betti, using 3,000 pounds of clay, then cast in bronze, a process that took more than four years to complete. The figures depict a group of fighter pilots – inspired by the deaths of 12 fellow pilots in Arnold’s Class of 42-J, they represent the 88,000 airmen who died in WWII combat – in a pre-flight briefing before yet another of the war’s seemingly endless critical missions.
The briefing scene and the 12 life-size sculptures capture the valor and spirit of loyalty, sacrifice and fellowship that motivated these young men to come to the defense of our country and preserve our freedom. The size, scale and scope of the overall exhibit enable Maj. Arnold (Ret.) to share his message so others can learn from his experience.
Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum is raising money to make “Lest We Forget: The Mission” a permanent part of its exhibit family. If you are interested in donating please see our make a donation page.