A World War II military history museum, an effort by the veterans, spouses and friends of the 390th Bomb Group, is getting a multimillion-dollar upgrade.
The 390th Memorial Museum is located on the grounds of Arizona’s Pima Air and Space Museum and is known as a “museum within a museum.” It houses memorabilia and artifacts from the bomb group based in Framlingham, England, that flew 301 combat and six humanitarian aid missions from August 1943 to April 1945.
“The theme we want people to understand is the courage and sacrifice of the men of the 390th,” said Emile Therrien, the museum’s executive director.
The 23,000-square-foot museum, built in 1985, is undergoing a $2.4 million renovation to add 12,000 square feet of exhibit, office and storage space, said Therrien. The expansion has been in the works for 2 1/2 years, and construction is expected to be completed by August.
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Photo by the 390th Memorial Museum