Savannah Georgia Weekend
and the Mighty Eighth!
and the Mighty Eighth!
Friday, March 22nd through Monday March 25th, 2019
Amy and Me just after a Savannah Sunset!
We had a very enjoyable weekend getaway to Savannah, Georgia!
But first, a bit of history!
This story behind our little weekend getaway starts about 75 years ago!
August 6th, 1944
World War II
Somewhere in the sky over Hamburg, Germany
My wife's Grandpa, Staff Sargent Walter C. Sane Sr., was a top turret gunner aboard a B-24 Bomber as part of the United States Army Eighth Air Force Unit (aka The Mighty Eighth).
Amy's Grandfather and his B-24 Bomber Crew
Top row, 4th from the left
On a bombing mission over Hamburg, Germany, their plane was shot down. Fortunately Amy's grandfather survived the crash. Unfortunately he was almost immediately captured by Nazi soldiers and spent the next 10 months as a Prisoner of War in Nazi Germany.
A series of telegraphs that Amy's Grandma received 75 years ago
Now that Amy's Grandparents have both passed, Amy and her family had a house full of treasures to go through, including boxes of stuff from the war 75 years ago.
Amy and her sister Jenny decided to donate most of the war memorabilia to the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum in Pooler, GA
The original utensils issued to Amy's Grandpa at the Nazi POW camp.
Since we were going down to Georgia to meet with the Museum curators, we decided to make a long weekend out of it and rented a house in the Historic District of Savannah, GA.
Along the way, Amy and I decided to break up the drive and spend a few hours exploring around downtown Columbia, SC
Welcome to Columbia!
The Columbia Neverbust Chain
Tunnel Vision! - Cool painting on the side of a building in Columbia, SC
They got some big dogs around Columbia
Enjoying a lunch flight at the Twisted Spur Brewery
After a nice visit to Columbia, SC we continued our drive down to Savannah, Georgia.
Savannah, Georgia is one of the oldest cities in the United States and is definitely a worthwhile place to visit. Here are some of the photos from our weekend:
Amy at our rental house
Selfie time on the porch of our rental house
Lots of big boats along the Savannah River
Anyone know what kind of tree this is?
Our niece Caroline with Amy at Forsyth Park
Jenny and Hugh (Amy's sister and brother-in-law)
Savannah's Waving Girl under a mostly full moon
On Sunday we took a short drive to Tybee Island to visit the lighthouse, have a little beach picnic lunch, and dip our feet into the Atlantic Ocean!
The Tybee Island Lighthouse
Lighthouse view Panorama
Lighthouse Selfie with Caroline (and photobombed by Jenny)
Jack and Amy lighthouse Selfie
The Tybee Island Lightouse
Picnic on Tybee Island Beach
The Tybee Island Pier
Sisters - Jenny and Amy
Me on the Tybee Island Pier
Caroline under the Tybee Island Pier
Here are a few more shots from the rest of our weekend!
Forsyth Park at Night
The Waving Girl at Sunrise
On Monday, we finished up our weekend at the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum!
The Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum
It was a very enjoyable weekend getaway, and the curators at the Mighty Eighth Museum were thrilled to receive, catalog, store, and preserve all the items we donated!
The complete set of photos from our Savannah Weekend Getaway are posted here: