Historical Society of Quincy and Adams County to offer Sunday program on WWII and Paul Tibbets

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Paul Tibbets | Photo courtesy of Historical Society of Quincy and Adams County

QUINCY — The Historical Society of Quincy and Adams County will present “War in the Pacific,” a program on World War II, at 2 p.m. Sunday July 17, at the History Museum, 332 Maine. Mark Roehrs, history professor at Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield and author of the book “War in the Pacific,” will be the presenter.

Roehrs will discuss the Manhattan Project and the end of the war in the Pacific. HSQAC executive director Rob Mellon also will make a presentation on Quincy native Paul Tibbets on how he became interested in flying and the B-29 Superfortress project. Tibbets was the aircraft commander who flew the B-29 Enola Gay and dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, which contributed to the end of the war.

This free program is sponsored by Kurt and Jan Leimbach. It is open to the public. For more information, call 217-222-1835.

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