Friday, May 8, 2015, marks the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day, or V-E Day. In commemoration of this historic event, and to honor the heroes who fought on the front lines and the home front in World War II, a diverse array of World War II aircraft will fly above Washington, D.C., beginning at approximately 12:10 p.m. EDT.
The flyover will include dozens of World War II aircraft flying in 15 historically sequenced formations representing major battles from Pearl Harbor through the final air assault on Japan, concluding with a missing-man formation. The route of the flyover includes a section of Independence Avenue, just across the National Mall from the Newseum’s prime location on Pennsylvania Avenue.
The Newseum tells numerous stories of World War II through exhibits and artifacts, including a display on pioneering journalist Edward R. Murrow, who reported from the front lines and gave firsthand accounts of the London Blitz. Murrow flew on 25 dangerous bombing missions, ignoring CBS’s orders not to go. His broadcast about a bombing run over Berlin in December 1943 was considered one of the best of his career:
“Last night, some of the young gentlemen from the RAF took me to Berlin. … The small incendiaries were going down like a fistful of white rice thrown on a piece of black velvet. … Berlin was a kind of orchestrated hell, a terrible symphony of light and flame.”