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Dec. 14 - Mighty Eighth Museum Receives Major Gift to Establish Endowment Fund

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

December 14, 2018 - The National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force announced this week that it has established the Herman Lodinger Endowment Fund. Herman Lodinger was a member of a bomber aircrew that was part of the Eighth Air Force during World War II. The Fund was initiated by a $20,000 contribution made in his memory by Holly and Paul Mandelkern, the daughter and son-in-law of Herman Lodinger. The purpose of the fund is to underwrite an annual lecture to be sponsored by the museum on the subjects of the prisoner of war experience of US Army Air Force airmen in the European Theater during World War II and the history and impact of Jewish US Army Air Force members during that war.

“The Mighty Eighth Museum is honored to receive this generous gift. I am deeply grateful to Holly and Paul Mandelkern for their generosity and vision,” stated Scott W. Loehr, museum President and CEO.

Second Lieutenant Herman Lodinger was the lead bombardier in a B-24 heavy bomber assigned to the 389th bomber group, 564th squadron of the Eighth Air Force based in England.  He took part in many bombing missions over northern Europe. In July of 1944, while on his 27th mission, Lieutenant Lodinger’s plane was shot down over Germany after completing a successful bombing run. He parachuted out of the crippled bomber, but he was captured and held as a prisoner of war in Germany until liberation. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and other medals for his actions during the war. Following World War II Mr. Lodinger was a businessman in North Florida, and was active in organizations for veterans.

The museum educates visitors about the character, courage, valor and patriotism of the brave individuals who fought in the Eighth Air Force, the largest air armada in history. The museum uses films, exhibits, artifacts and archival materials to tell the stories of individuals who served in the Eighth Air Force.

The museum invites additional contributions to the Herman Lodinger Endowment Fund. Please contact Stephen Reed, the Mighty Eighth Museum’s Director of Development, at (912) 988-1847 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information on making a gift to the Herman Lodinger Endowment Fund.

The National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force is located at 175 Bourne Avenue, Pooler, GA. Operating hours are Mon-Sun, 9am-5pm. For more information call (912) 748-8888 or

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