Robert F. Dorr after a flight in a Marine Corps AH-1W Super Cobra attack helicopter at Marine Corps Air Station, Little River, N.C.
One of World War II’s great air battles and the experiences of American bomber crews who fought it are the focus of the Great Falls Senior Center’s (GFSC) Aug. 6 event. Local author Robert F. Dorr will tell both the personal and historical story of the airmen who appear in his Mission to Berlin about the eighth Air Force assault of Feb. 3, 1945.
Dorr is an Oakton resident, Air Force veteran and retired U.S. diplomat. He is author of more than 70 books, and countless magazine articles and newspaper columns about the Air Force, aviation and military affairs. He also is co-author of “Hell Hawks! The Untold Story of the American Fliers Who Savaged Hitler’s Wehrmacht,” the best-selling book ever offered at the Air & Space Museum.
The author says his books are about people. He brings to center-stage the stories of American airmen who fought the battles. Research comes primarily from memoirs and first-person interviews, not just official records. One reviewer called Mission to Berlin “Band of Brothers With Planes” to reflect the personal insight Dorr brings to his books.
Event sponsors are Home Instead Senior Care and Sunrise Senior Living, Oakton.
The Aug. 6 event takes place at Andrew Chapel United Methodist Church, 1301 Trap Road, Vienna, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Lunch will be served; a modest contribution is appreciated. To reserve, e-mail Joyce Trickett at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 703-887- 5772. Guests who require transportation to attend should call Gene or Maddie McCabe at 703-438-0810.
Autographed copies of the book will be available for purchase—at a not-for-profit rate—of $20 (retail $30).