380th

Bomb Group

380th Bomb Group Association
World War II Veterans Group

 

Dallas, Texas

"The Fourth Last Hurrah!"

14-18 October 2015


LOCATION:

Embassy Suites Love Field
3880 W Northwest Highway
Dallas, Texas USA
Hotel website: www.embassysuitesdallaslovefield.com

DEADLINES:

Hotel Reservation Deadline: Wednesday, September 23, 2015
You are responsible for making your own hotel reservations.
Hotel reservations made after this date will be honored at the group rate, based on availability - if you miss this deadline, please contact Barb Gotham who will see if she can still get you a room at our group rate.

Event Registration Deadline: Wednesday, September 30, 2015
(unless prior arrangements have been made with Barb Gotham)

HOW TO REGISTER:

Use the EVENT REGISTRATION FORM to sign up for the Reunion, Reunion Events, and Optional Tours.

Note that pre-registration is required for the reunion and all tours (Dallas City Tour, Memorial Service/B-24 "Diamond Lil" and Frontiers of Flight Museum) and scheduled group meals (Thursday welcome dinner, Friday boxed lunches, Saturday banquet).

REUNION FUND:

If you are are unable to attend this year's 380th Reunion, but would like to donate to the Reunion Fund, please send your contribution (checks or money orders, no credit cards) to:

Barbara Gotham/Reunion Fund
380th Bomb Group Association
130 Colony Road
West Lafayette IN 47906-1209 USA


Schedule Hotel Reservations/Information Airport & Ground Info Reunion Contact
Event Registration &
Payment Info
Optional Tours Menus Local Attractions

SCHEDULE (subject to change):

WEDNESDAY, October 14

Early arrivals Hospitality room open in afternoon -- No scheduled group activities this day

THURSDAY, October 15

OPTIONAL TOUR - DALLAS HIGHLIGHTS TOUR
12:45 PM - Gather in the hotel lobby
1:00 PM - Depart hotel for Tour
Minimum of 25 people on tour, maximum of 54
Tours include a private tour guide, are hop on, hop off, with lots of time to explore, take photos, etc.
Motor coach has a bathroom and storage under the bus for walkers and wheelchairs
Guests may bring coolers, snacks and drinks on the bus (no glass, please)
4:00 PM - Return to hotel

WELCOME BUFFET DINNER HOTEL
6:00 PM dinner
7:00-8:00 PM entertainment

FRIDAY, October 16

MEMORIAL SERVICE & Tour of the Commemorative Air Force's "Diamond Lil" (B-24)
8:45 AM Gather in hotel lobby
9:15 AM - Bus departs hotel for Dallas Executive Field
10:00 AM Memorial Service followed by tours of the "Diamond Lil"
11:30 AM Bus leaves to return to hotel
Noon - Bus returns to hotel

Noon Box lunches at hotel

OPTIONAL TOUR - FRONTIERS OF FLIGHT MUSEUM
1:15 PM Buses depart hotel
1:30 PM Museum tours
4:00 PM Bus leaves to return to hotel
4:15 PM - Bus returns to hotel

SATURDAY, October 17

10:00 AM Member meeting (and showing of the SHADY LADY documentary and/or UNBROKEN as requested) (hotel)
Lunch/afternoon on own
5:00 PM Group photos (hotel)
6:00 PM Banquet/Program/Dancing (hotel)

SUNDAY, October 18 - Departures


HOTEL RESERVATIONS AND INFORMATION:

Embassy Suites Love Field
3880 W Northwest Highway
Dallas, Texas

Hotel website: www.embassysuitesdallaslovefield.com

RESERVATIONS:
To make a reservation, call the hotel at 1-214-357-4500 - be sure to say you are with the 380th Bomb Group Association (BGA).

Our online reservation link is:
http://embassysuites.hilton.com/en/es/groups/personalized/D/DALLFES-BGA-20151011/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG

Group Name: 380th Bomb Group Association
Group Code: BGA
Check-in: 11-OCT-2015
Check-out: 20-OCT-2015
RESERVATION DEADLINE23-SEP-2015 (after this date, reservations will be accepted at our group rate if there are rooms available)

YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR MAKING YOUR OWN HOTEL RESERVATIONS

The Embassy Suites has a limited number of accessible rooms. If you need one, please make sure you request one when you are making your reservation.

HOTEL INFORMATION:

The Embassy Suites Love Field is an all-suites (2 room suites, double-doubles and kings), non-smoking property.

Rate is $104/night plus taxes - our rate includes a full hot breakfast (with made-to-order omelets and eggs), complimentary parking, and complimentary WIFI in all guestrooms.  All suites have a microwave and fridge.

Hotel will honor our group rate for 3 days before and after our reunion.

Hotel offers complimentary appetizers and beverages at the nightly Evening Reception.

Besides shuttle service to Love Field, the hotel provides (upon availability) transportation within a 3-5 mile radius of the hotel. They do not provide transport from DFW. Call the hotel (or check out their website) for additional information on transportation options and directions.

The Embassy Suites Hotel Dallas Love Field is located just north of downtown Dallas (in the Preston Hollow area). The hotel is northeast of Love Field Airport, and is also convenient to many restaurants and businesses, situated near Southern Methodist University and NorthPark Shopping Center. The eight-story Dallas Love Field hotel overlooks a park area and the downtown Dallas skyline. The property hosts an indoor pool and fitness area, walking/hiking trail, business center, coin laundry, in-room safes, gift shop, complimentary beverage area, as well as a lounge (Tap & Tavern) serving lunch, dinner and local, craft beers.

Service animals and pets are allowed, $50 non-refundable deposit, and maximum weight of 75 lbs.


REUNION REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT INFO:

Please use the EVENT FORM to sign up for the Reunion, Reunion Events, and Optional Tours. Note that pre-registration is required for the reunion and all tours and scheduled group meals (Thursday welcome dinner, Friday luncheon, Saturday banquet).

Unless prior arrangements are made with Barb Gotham, all reunion event payments must be received by Wednesday, 30 September 2015. Checks, money orders, or cash only - no credit cards accepted.


AIRPORT AND GROUND TRANSPORTATION:

DALLAS AIRPORTS

Dallas is served by two commercial airports: Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (known as DFW International) and Dallas Love Field (DAL).

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) -
https://www.dfwairport.com/
Serves all major airlines (home base to American Airlines).
DFW International Airport is located in the suburbs north of and equidistant to downtown Fort Worth and downtown Dallas.

Dallas Love Field  (DAL) -
http://www.dallas-lovefield.com/
Serves Southwest Airlines, Delta, SeaPort Airlines, United Airlines, and Virgin America Airlines.
Love Field is located within the city limits of Dallas, 6 miles northwest of downtown, and is headquarters to Southwest Airlines. Under the Federal "Wright Amendment" and "Shelby Amendment" laws, no large jet air service is allowed from Dallas Love Field to any point beyond Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Kansas, Mississippi, Alabama, and most recently Missouri. Southwest, Continental Express and American Airlines are the three major airlines flying out of this airport.

AIRPORTS - GROUND TRANSPORTATION

Embassy Suites Love Field (our hotel venue) only provides shuttle service from Love Field (DAL)

Hotel recommends SuperShuttle (1-800-258-3826) from DFW

Rental cars available at both DFW and DAL
Taxis also operate from both airports

DALLAS TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS
The main types of transportation available in the city are cars, buses, taxis, the Metro, trains, and shuttles.
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) is the Dallas area public transportation authority, providing buses, rail, and HOV lanes. - http://www.dart.org/

TOLLS
PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE ARE SEVERAL TOLL ROADS IN THE DALLAS AREA - make sure you route your trip accordingly to avoid the tolls, especially if you are renting a vehicle during your stay.


AMTRAK:

Please consider taking the Amtrak to Dallas: http://www.amtrak.com/home

Station Building (with waiting room)
400 South Houston Street
Union Station
Dallas, TX 75202

Let Amtrak Take You Deep in the Heart of Texas. Hop aboard the Texas Eagle, traveling daily between Chicago and San Antonio, taking you through major cities such as from Austin to Dallas. Connecting service between San Antonio and Los Angeles is available three times a week via the Sunset Limited.

Wind through the Land of Lincoln, across the Mississippi River, and through the Ozarks to Little Rock and the piney woods of East Texas. Onward to colorful, cosmopolitan Dallas, through Austin (home of the University of Texas), and finally to San Antonio.

Services on the Texas Eagle include Superliner Sleeping Car accommodations, a Dining Car serving fresh complete meals and spectacular views from the renowned Sightseer Lounge Car.

Passengers traveling on trains 421 and 422 to and from points between Chicago and Los Angeles will experience an overnight layover in San Antonio, TX, ranging from 7 to 9.5 hours in order to accommodate train coupling operations. Passengers are welcome to remain onboard during this layover or may detrain if they wish. Access to train cars may be limited and temporary power outages will occur, including loss of air conditioning.

To book and learn more about the Texas Eagle Route, go to http://www.texaseagle.com/


OPTIONAL TOURS:

THURSDAY AFTERNOON TOUR - Click here for more information about the Dallas Highlights Tour

FRIDAY MORNING - MEMORIAL SERVICE AND TOUR OF B-24

Commemorative Air Force (CAF)
http://www.commemorativeairforce.org/

About the CAF's B-24 Liberator Diamond Lil:
Diamond Lil was just the 25th Liberator to roll off Consolidated's production line in San Diego, California, taking flight in 1941. The Royal Air Force were due to receive her as an LB-30, serial number AM927; however, a landing accident delayed her delivery long enough that she ended up staying with the factory as a B-24A test ship. Consolidated converted her into the prototype C-87 transport, which included deleting her bomb bay. After the war, she operated as a transport with a number of different civilian companies. The CAF purchased her in 1967, and she has flown with them ever since, thrilling many hundred thousand air show goers. She is the oldest remaining B-24 of over 18,000 produced, and one of just two still flying. The Liberator underwent a major restoration in 2006, receiving many modifications to more resemble a B-24A once again, and a new name, "Ol' 927″. In the winter of 2011-2012 her operating Squadron voted to rechristen her Diamond Lil again with newly updated nose art. The Commemorative Air Force's B-29/B-24 Squadron maintains and operates the Liberator.

About Dallas Executive Field (also known as Redbird):
Dallas Executive Airport (RBD) is owned by the City of Dallas. The 1040-acre general aviation facility is located just 10 miles south of downtown Dallas.

FRIDAY AFTERNOON - FRONTIERS OF FLIGHT MUSEUM
http://www.flightmuseum.com/

Housed in a modern 100,000-square-foot facility, the Museum provides a focal point to explore the history and progress of aviation. Opened in June 2004, it houses over 30 aircraft and space vehicles, over a dozen themed exhibits, a 200-seat auditorium, dedicated classrooms and conference rooms, and a children's discovery area. Two climate-controlled aircraft hangar-like buildings are joined by a connecting structure on both levels. The northern structure incorporates the original foundation and framework of the historic Mustang Aviation hangar, an aircraft service operator dating from the 1940s.

Popular collections include early biplanes, historically important military and general aviation aircraft, the World War II exhibit, the extensive history of Southwest Airlines exhibit area, numerous commercial airline artifacts, the iconic Chance Vought V-173 "Flying Pancake" and the Apollo 7 command module. Visitors can take a chronological walk through the development of human flight from the Leonardo da Vinci parachute to space exploration. The Golden Age 1919-1939 gallery highlights the stories of Charles Lindbergh, Bessie Coleman (the first licensed African-American aviator), Richard Byrd (Arctic and Antarctic explorer), Amelia Earhart, "Jimmy" Doolittle and many other famous flyers.


MENUS:

Click here for the Reunion Menus


OTHER LOCAL ATTRACTIONS:

DALLAS
Perot Museum of Nature and Science
Dallas World Aquarium
Dallas Arboretum
Dallas Zoo
George W. Bush Presidential Center
Dallas Cowboys/AT&T Stadium
JFK Memorial
Nasher Sculpture Center
Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza
Six Flags over Texas

FORT WORTH
Fort Worth Stockyards (free twice daily cattle drive)
Bureau of Engraving and Printing's Western Currency (free tours weekdays)
Amon Carter Museum of American Art
Fort Worth Zoo
Texas Motor Speedway

Dallas Top 10 Things to Do


Reunion Coordinator:
Barbara Gotham
Email: 380th.ww2@gmail.com


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Last updated:  29 June 2015