Bomb Group

380th Bomb Group Association
World War II Veterans Group


Dayton, Ohio

"The Sixth Last Hurrah!"

7-10 September 2017


Crowne Plaza Dayton

Crowne Plaza Dayton

33 East Fifth Street, Dayton, Ohio

Hotel Front Desk: 937-224-0800
Fax: 937-224-1231

Hotel website: https://www.ihg.com/crowneplaza/dayton/

See below for hotel reservation information.

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


Hotel Reservation Deadline: Friday, August 6, 2017 (by midnight, Eastern time zone)
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, you can (first) call the hotel directly (online link will not work after the August 6 deadline) and ask if the 380th Group rate is still available, or (second) contact Barb Gotham who will see if she can still get you a room at our group rate.

Event Registration Deadline: Friday, August 25, 2017
(unless prior arrangements have been made with Barb Gotham)


Click here for the Event Registration Form

Note that pre-registration is required for the reunion and the dinners on Friday and Saturday evenings). Event Registration Deadline: Friday, August 25, 2017


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

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE (subject to change):

September 8, 9, 10 - Friday, Saturday, Sunday

6:30-9:00am - Hot breakfast for our group is included in the lodging rate: assorted fruit juice, assorted pastries and muffins, seasonal fresh fruit, scambled eggs, bacon/sausage, potatoes, and coffee - Go through the hotel breakfast buffet line and eat in our Hospitality Room ("Wilbur" on rooftop level)

Hotel Restaurant ("View 162") on rooftop level is open 6:30am - Midnight daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner
Hotel Lounge (adjacent to the restaurant) is open 11:00am - midnight daily

Thursday, September 7
- Early arrivals, sightseeing/meals on your own

Hospitality room will be open from 3-10 PM - "Wilbur" room on rooftop level

6:00-8:00pm - Welcome Reception provided by the Crowne Plaza in the Hospitality Room (assorted cheese, fruit, and vegetable trays and dip; coffee and fruit punch)- "Wilbur"

Friday, September 8

6:30-9:00am           Hot breakfast - Hospitality Room

7:15-7:30am           Meet in hotel lobby to go to the National Museum of the Air Force
   7:30am                    Depart hotel

8:00-9:00am           B-24 Look-in
9:00-10:00am         Special Tour of the WWII Gallery

10:15-11:00am          Film presentation, followed by Q&A: "The Restorers-Living History" featuring stories about Pearl Harbor Air Show reenactment, B-24 Bomber Fantasy Camp, and WWII Airborne Demonstration Team with the C47 (museum theatre)
(this is optional)

10:00am-1:30pm    Tour the Museum on your own
    Lunch                  On your own in the museum café

1:30-2:00pm            Memorial Service in the Museum Garden (outside) at our 380th memorial plaque and tree (indoors in museum auditorium in event of inclement weather)

2:00pm                    FIRST BUS return to hotel
3:00pm                    FINAL BUS return to hotel

2:30-4:00pm            Hospitality room open

5:00pm                    TENTATIVE -  Memorial Service (reading of names, TAPS) – Hotel "SALON A"

5:30pm                    Cash bar

6:00-8:00pm                    BBQ Buffet dinner – Hotel

After dinner – 11:30pm      Hospitality room open

Saturday, September 9

6:30-9:00am             Hot breakfast - Hospitality Room
10:00-11:00am         Member Meeting and Presentations -- “WRIGHT” (rooftop level)
Noon-4:00 PM          Hospitality Room open
5:00 PM                    Group photos – hotel
5:30 PM                    Cash bar
 6:00-7:15 PM           Banquet – Hotel - “SALON A”
7:15-9:00 PM            Socializing / dancing
                                  (musical entertainment provided by Gem City Band)

Sunday, September 10

6:30-9:00am              Hot breakfast - Hospitality Room
Hospitality open until noon on Sunday


Crowne Plaza Dayton

33 East Fifth Street, Dayton, Ohio

Hotel Front Desk: 937-224-0800
Fax: 937-224-1231

Hotel website: https://www.ihg.com/crowneplaza/dayton/


  • Hotel is located in downtown Dayton
  • Airport: Dayton International Airport (DAY)
    Airport Shuttle is available from DAY
  • Airport: Cincinnati International Airport (CVG) is 66 miles south of Dayton

Call directly to the hotel reservation department (business hours: Mon-Fri 8:00 am – 5:00 pm) at 937-229-9835 or after business hour calls to Central Reservations at 800-689-5586.  Please request the group rate for 380th Bomb Group (The Flying Circus).  

Any problems with reservations, please contact Barb Gotham by email at 380th.ww2@gmail.com for assistance.

Online Reservation Link:

Free cancellation until 6 pm local hotel time (Eastern time zone) on September 7, 2017

Check-in time: 3:00pm
Check-out time: Noon

RATES:   $114 (1 king bed or 2 queen beds)
Roll-away beds are $10.00/night extra

These rates can apply three days pre and/or three days post reunion with advanced reservation notice, subject to availability. All rates quoted are subject to state and local taxes (13.25%). The rate includes hot breakfast for all guests per room per day over the official reunion dates 9/7-9/10, 2017. Those guests arriving or departing outside of the “official” program dates will receive coupons for breakfast in the hotel’s restaurant. The rate also includes complimentary valet parking.

Hot Breakfast includes: Assorted Fruit Juice, Assorted Pastries & Muffins, Seasonal Fresh Fruit, Scrambled Eggs, Bacon/Sausage, Potatoes, and Coffee

CUT OFF DATE: August 6, 2017
All room reservations must be made by 12:01 a.m. on August 6, 2017. Any reservations requested after this date will be based on availability. Higher rates may apply and room type will not be guaranteed. Please call the hotel directly for reservations after this date.

Reunion attendees will be responsible for paying for their own guest rooms, tax and incidentals.
The following credit cards are accepted:  American Express, Visa, Mastercard, Optima, Diners Club, Carte Blanche, and Discover. Cashers checks are also accepted.

The Crowne Plaza Dayton will provide complimentary shuttle service to/from Dayton International Airport. This is based on availability and should be scheduled with the hotel’s front desk in advance. The Crowne Plaza Dayton will also provide complimentary local transportation within a 5-mile radius of the hotel based on shuttle availability.

- Complimentary Daily Self-Parking is available
- Valet Parking is available at no charge for our group
- Attached by covered sky walk to Dayton Transportation Parking Center - complimentary for all guests

The Crowne Plaza Dayton is delighted to host a complimentary two-hour welcome reception in our honor on 9/7/17. This complimentary reception includes an Assorted Cheese & Fresh Fruit Display, Fresh Vegetable Display with Dip; Coffee & Fruit Punch. It will be held in our hospitality room.

The 380th Bomb Group (The Flying Circus) is permitted to provide your own light snacks and beverages, including alcohol in hospitality room on the rooftop level.

Liquor License:  The Hotel’s liquor license requires that beverages only be dispensed by hotel employees or bartenders except in designated hospitality rooms. Alcoholic beverage service many be denied to those guests who appear intoxicated or are under age. Hotel permits self-stocking of the hospitality room to include drinks, snacks, and alcoholic beverages.

Alcoholic beverages served in the hospitality room MAY NOT be taken out of the hospitality room into other public areas of the hotel (including but not limited to lobby, the outside designated smoking areas, hotel restaurant or lounge, pool or any meal function catered by the hotel) under any circumstances.

During the group’s banquet dinner, hospitality room alcohol service MUST be suspended. Alcohol may NOT be brought into a hotel catered event.

Hotel amenities include free WIFI, free valet parking (there is also self-parking in the garage adjacent to the Crowne Plaza and the Convention Center across the street), on-site fitness facility, outdoor pool, and on-site restaurant and lounge on rooftop level.

Service animals permitted; pets (under 35 lbs.) are also allowed, with a $75 deposit.
No guest laundry on site – there is dry cleaning service available.

Mini fridges in all guestrooms; microwaves available upon request and availability.

For a complete list of hotel amenities, click here


Please 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 group meals (Friday and Saturday dinners).

Unless prior arrangements are made with Barb Gotham, all reunion event payments must be received by Friday, August 25, 2017. Checks, money orders, or cash only - no credit cards accepted.

You are responsible for making your own transportation arrangements to the reunion, lodging costs, and other incidental expenses.

About Dayton:

Dayton is the sixth-largest city in the U.S. state of Ohio and is the county seat of Montgomery County. In the 2010 census, the population was 141,527, and the Dayton metropolitan area had 799,232 residents, making it Ohio's fourth-largest metropolitan area, after Cleveland, Cincinnati, and Columbus and the 63rd-largest in the United States. Dayton is within Ohio's Miami Valley region, just north of the Cincinnati–Northern Kentucky metropolitan area.

Ohio's borders are within 500 miles of roughly 60% of the country's population and manufacturing infrastructure, making the Dayton area a logistical centroid for manufacturers, suppliers, and shippers. Dayton also hosts significant research and development in fields like industrial, aeronautical, and astronautical engineering that have led to many technological innovations. Much of this innovation is due in part to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and its place within the community. With the decline of heavy manufacturing, Dayton's businesses have diversified into a service economy that includes insurance and legal sectors as well as healthcare and government sectors.

Dayton is also noted for its association with aviation; the city is home to the National Museum of the United States Air Force and is the birthplace of Orville Wright. Other well-known individuals born in the city include poet Paul Laurence Dunbar and entrepreneur John H. Patterson. Dayton is also known for its many patents, inventions, and inventors that have come from the area, most notably the Wright brothers' invention of powered flight.

Nickname -- Dayton is known as the "Gem City." The nickname's origin is uncertain, but several theories exist. In the early 19th century, a well-known racehorse named "Gem" hailed from Dayton. In 1845, an article published in the Cincinnati Daily Chronicle by an author known as "T" stated:

In a small bend of the Great Miami River, with canals on the east and south, it can be fairly said, without infringing on the rights of others, that Dayton is the gem of all our interior towns. It possesses wealth, refinement, enterprise, and a beautiful country, beautifully developed.

In the late 1840s, Major William D. Bickham of the Dayton Journal began a campaign to nickname Dayton as the "Gem City". The name was adopted by the city's Board of Trade several years later. Paul Laurence Dunbar referred to the nickname in his poem, "Toast to Dayton", as noted in the following excerpt:

She shall ever claim our duty, For she shines—the brightest gem That has ever decked with beauty Dear Ohio's diadem.

Dayton also plays a role in a nickname given to the state of Ohio: "Birthplace of Aviation". Dayton is the hometown of the Wright brothers, aviation pioneers who are credited with inventing and building the world's first successful airplane. After their first manned flights in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, which they had chosen due to its ideal weather and climate conditions, the Wrights returned to Dayton and continued testing at nearby Huffman Prairie.

Climate -- Dayton's climate features hot, muggy summers and cold, dry winters. Average highs in September in Dayton are near 80°F with lows around 55°F. Precipitation averages 41.1 inches annually, with total rainfall peaking in May. Average rainfall in number of days in September is 7 with 2.7" total rain.

Dayton is subject to severe weather typical of the Midwestern United States. Tornadoes are possible from the spring to the fall. Floods, blizzards, and severe thunderstorms can also occur from time to time.

General Information: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dayton,_Ohio

Weather Statistics: http://www.currentresults.com/



Dayton International Airport(DAY)
3600 Terminal Drive Suite 300                                                          AIRLINES:
Dayton OH                                                                            Allegiant              American
http://www.flydayton.com/                                                 Delta                     United

Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky (CVG) Airport is 66 miles south of Dayton



Hotel Shuttle Service

The Crowne Plaza Hotel provides airport shuttle service from the Dayton International Airport – Call the Hotel Front Desk at 937-224-0800

Transportation Network Companies (TNC)

Uber and Lyft are Permitted to operate TNC services at DAY. All TNC pick-ups will take place under the TNC Commercial Ground Transportation pick-up Zone signs as marked at the first crosswalk entrance to the Terminal, near the booth.

Uber:  www.uber.com/cities/dayton/
Lyft:  www.lyft.com/cities/dayton

Taxi Service

Taxi Starter service is available between 7 a.m. and midnight (or 30 minutes past the arrival time of the last flight, whichever is later) 365-days a year.

The Taxi Starter is located in the valet booth directly in front of the terminal and can also be reached at (937) 890-3217. Upon your request, the Taxi Starter will cue a taxi to take you to your destination.

Rental Cars
Check-in offices for each rental car company are conveniently located within the Baggage Claim area of the Terminal Building. Please contact the individual rental car company for more information or link directly to their web site to make reservations.

Alamo/Enterprise                            Avis
Budget                                             Dollar/Thrifty
Hertz                                                National


Greyhound Bus


The Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority (RTA) is the public transit agency that operates in Montgomery County and western Greene County (Dayton Area).

RTA is Ohio’s greenest fleet, and operates diesel, hybrid diesel and electric trolley buses. There are over 3,300 stops on 31 routes throughout the region. All RTA buses include bike racks and are wheelchair accessible.


National Museum of the Air Force

Friday, September 8, 2017 - Depart 7:30am - Return 2:30pm

National Museum of the United States Air Force at Dayton NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE US AIR FORCE™


The National Museum of the United States Air Force is the oldest and largest military aviation museum in the world and is located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, near Dayton, Ohio.

Museum Mission
The Museum collects, researches, conserves, interprets and presents the Air Force's history, heritage and traditions, as well as today's mission to fly, fight and win in air, space and cyberspace to a global audience through engaging exhibits, educational outreach, special programs, and the stewardship of the national historic collection. These statutory duties delegated by the Secretary of the Air Force are accomplished on behalf of the American people. 

The Museum’s galleries present military aviation history, boasting more than 360 aerospace vehicles and missiles on display -- many rare and one-of-a-kind -- along with thousands of historical items and powerful sensory exhibits that bring history to life and connect the Wright brothers' legacy with today's stealth and precision technology. A list of the galleries and exhibits is shown below.

Early Years Gallery
WWII Gallery
Korean War Gallery
SEA War Gallery
Cold War Gallery
Missile Gallery
Space Gallery
R&D Gallery
Global Reach Gallery
Presidential Gallery
Air Park
Memorial Garden

Handicapped Access
The facility offers exterior access ramps. The majority of museum exhibits are located on the ground floor, and access to the cafe and Air Force Museum Theatre is provided via elevators. Closed captioning is available on museum audiovisual exhibits.

Note: The museum's floor is concrete, and visitors are advised to wear comfortable shoes. Chairs and benches are located throughout the museum galleries.

Wheelchair and Motorized Cart Availability
There is a limited supply of wheelchairs and motorized carts available free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis (weight limit is 350 pounds). Because our group is arriving early for a special look-in at the B-24 on exhibit, we should have first chance for the chairs and carts. If desired, you can bring your own wheelchair.

Special Needs Programs
The museum offers several programs designed specifically for special needs visitors, including touch tours and guided tours for the hearing impaired. Arrangements must be made at least three weeks in advance:  Call the museum's Education Division at (937) 255-4666, (937) 255-4652 or (937) 255-4646. 

Touch tours are offered for blind or visually impaired students and adults of all ages. Participants will be allowed to touch, while wearing white museum gloves, a number of aircraft on exhibit. 

Aids for the Hearing Impaired
Amplified neckloop headsets are available at the information desk for visitors using T-Coil Hearing Aids. Note: You must have a telecoil hearing aid to use the neckloop system, and you must switch your hearing aid to the "T" setting when using the system.

Individuals are permitted to take their own photographs or videos while they are at the museum.

Tips for taking photographs at the museum

The museum's theatrical lighting may pose a challenge to some photographers. Here are a few hints that may help:

1)      Bring a tripod, if possible. 
2)      Turn off the flash on your camera, especially if you're taking pictures of artifacts behind Plexiglass. 
3)      If you are buying a disposable camera, choose one with 800 ASA or higher film. 
4)      The Early Years, World War II and Cold War Galleries are lit mostly with incandescent lighting. 
5)      The Korean War and Southeast Asia War Galleries use mercury vapor lighting, so visitors with digital cameras should adjust the white balance for fluorescent lights. Film users may want to try Tungsten film or an 80-b filter.

The lighting seems brighter in the fourth building than the rest of the museum. Why is there such a difference?  The museum’s exhibit lighting is made up of three major subsets: theatrical overhead lighting, artifact case lighting and wall lights for illumination of exhibit text panels. Previously the museum relied on lighting fixtures that gave off ultraviolet radiation and were harmful to many of the artifacts. Therefore, the Museum began looking for lighting alternatives that would preserve the museum’s collection, adequately light their artifacts and provide energy savings. LED technology was identified as the best solution, and they began using LED lighting in all new exhibits.

The fourth building features 100 percent LED lighting and they plan to convert all of their exhibit lighting to LED technology as funding and manpower allow.

Food Options:

Click here for more information on the Museum cafes and menu options
Open daily 10:00am-4:30pm


Assorted pastries & muffins, seasonal fresh fruit, scrambled eggs, bacon/sausage, potatoes, fruit juices, coffee

Assorted cheese and fresh fruit, fresh vegetables and dip, coffee and fruit punch

On your own
Café offers quick snacks, salads, wraps, pizza, hamburgers, hotdogs, grilled cheese, grilled chicken sandwiches, chicken tenders, pulled pork sandwich, soup, and salad, and beverages.  Reasonably priced:  hamburger $3.75, cold wraps $4.85, grilled chicken sandwich $5.30, pulled pork sandwich $4.95. Pepperoni pizza $5.20; soup/chili $2.95, garden salad $3.25, chicken tender/chef salad $6.00. 16 oz beverages are $1.40, Starbucks coffee $3.75.

For more info on the Museum cafe dining options and locations, please click here.

BBQ Buffet
Corn muffins w honey butter
Creamy cole slaw
Maple baked beans
Roasted red skin potatoes
Corn pudding
BBQ chicken breast
BBQ pulled pork & Kaiser rolls
Banana pudding w vanilla wafers
Coffee, tea, iced tea

All entrees served with salad, garlic roasted red skin potatoes, seasonal vegetable medley, rolls and butter, cheesecake, and coffee and iced tea

Choose one of these entrees:
Prime Rib
10 oz herb roasted prime rib w horseradish cream and au jus

Grilled Salmon
Grilled salmon with creamy leak sauce

Grilled Chicken
Grilled chicken with honey brie Dijon sauce

Children’s plate (12 and under)
Chicken tenders
French fries
Fruit cup

Hotel Dining

View 162 Restaurant and Lounge
  • Location: Rooftop
  • Serves:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Dessert

  • Restaurant Hours:  6:30 AM-12:00 AM

  • Lounge Hours:  11:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Click here for more info on hotel dining


Area Attractions (Dayton, Ohio)
(mileage is from the Crowne Plaza)

  • Dayton Convention Center - adjacent
  • The Neon Theater - .1 miles
  • K12 Gallery for Young People - .4 miles
  • Dayton Metro Library - .4 miles
  • The Trolley Stop - .4 miles
  • International Peace Museum - .5 miles
  • Oregon Historic District - .5 miles
  • Victoria Theatre - .5 miles
  • Dayton Dragons baseball - .5 miles
  • 2nd Street Market - .5 miles
  • America's Packard Museum - .5 miles
  • Ruskin Playground - .8 miles
  • Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center - .5 miles
  • Wright Cycle Company Complex - 1 mile
  • Dayton Art Institute - 1.5 miles
  • Tank's Bar & Grill - 1.8 miles
  • Ester Price Candies - 2 miles
  • Dayton Country Club - 2.3 miles
  • Kennedy Union Field - 2.4 miles
  • Boonshoft Museum of Discovery - 2.7 miles
  • Carillon Historical Park - 3 miles
  • Community Golf Course - 3.3 miles
  • National Aviation Hall of Fame - 5.3 miles
  • Kettering Aquatics & Water Park - 5.9 miles
  • Fraze Pavilion - 7 miles
  • National Museum of the United States Air Force - 7 miles
  • Riverscape Metropark - .7 miles
  • The Greene Towne Center - 7 miles
  • Hazards Miniature Golf - 7.2 miles
  • Wright Patterson Air Force Base - 9 miles
  • Beavercreek - 9 miles
  • Scene 75 - 10 miles
  • Ervin J. Nutter Center - 11 miles
  • Fairborn - 12.2 miles
  • Caesar Creek State Park - 29 miles
  • Horseshoe Casino - 48 miles
  • Cincinnati - 54 miles
  • Wright Cycle & Wright Dunbar Interpretive Center - 2 miles

Main Attractions

National Museum of the United States Air Force
At the world's oldest military aviation museum visitors can explore the history of flight through a variety of exhibits and aircraft displays.

1100 Spaatz Street
Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio

Oregon Historic District
Home to an eclectic mix of coffee shops, restaurants, shops, art galleries, nightlife, and historic landmarks, this neighborhood is a must-see for visitors.

2-32 Hess St
Dayton, Ohio

Carillon Historical Park
Carillon Historical Park celebrates how Dayton, Ohio, changed the world. The Gem City is home to the airplane, the automobile self-starter, the cash register, the first internationally-acclaimed African-American poet, the National Football League’s inaugural game, and so much more. By the turn of the century, Dayton had more patents, per capita, than any U.S. city, and one-sixth of the nation’s corporate executives had spent a portion of their career at legendary Dayton company National Cash Register (NCR). With a hand-carved carousel, 4-D theatre, trains, slides, living history experiences, over 30 historic structures, thousands of artifacts, brewing company/restaurant, and so much more, Carillon Historical Park brings Dayton’s past to life!

1000 Carillon Blvd
Dayton, Ohio

America's Packard Museum
The only restored Packard Dealership operating as a full-time museum. It houses the largest collection of Packard automobiles and memorabilia in the world.
420 South Ludlow Street
Dayton, Ohio


Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park
Here you'll find an evolving story of two ingenious brothers (Orville and Wilbur Wright) and one America's greatest African-American poets (Paul Laurence Dunbar). But the stories don't begin and end with just these three amazing men. Their stories coalesce around the many people who supported and loved them and the places where the magic of these brilliant minds were showcased.

16 South Williams Street

University of Dayton
This private catholic university is situated in the heart of downtown and offers over 70 different undergraduate academic programs, graduate programs and more.

300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio

The Greene Towne Center
Enjoy shopping, dining, entertainment, wine tasting, and beautiful parks at this pedestrian friendly outdoor mall that's also an upscale mixed-use community.

51 Plum Street

Scene75 Entertainment Center
This giant indoor entertainment center is 124,000 sq. feet of fun and games, for all ages, all year round. Scene75 features exciting indoor attractions such as: indoor electric go-karts, a two-story laser tag arena, 130+ arcade games, the largest inflatable area in Ohio, a restaurant, two full bars, & much more!

6196 Poe Avenue
Dayton, Ohio

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

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Last updated: 16 August 2017