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...the Wild Blue Yonder

In honor of Veterans Day, The Costa Mesa Historical Society presents its annual salute to our veterans with U.S. Army Air Force 1st Lieutenant David K. Hayward and author of "A Young Man in the Wild Blue Yonder" on Sunday, November 19, 2017. 

David Hayward, a pilot in the U.S. Army Air Corps, takes us through his adventures and challenges as a young man serving his country in World War II. Would he "wash out" of flying school? Would he survive the dangers and fears of flying 53 combat missions as pilot of a B-25 medium bomber in the China-Burma-India Theater of operations? You will experience the thrill of his solo flight, the frightening day

when a Japanese fighter plane flew alongside, an awesome flight over the highest mountains of Tibet, searching for an enemy transmitter luring friendly cargo planes off course, attacking enemy supply lines in Burma and along the east coast of China, and the sorrow of losing close friends. David Hayward tells of serving at Air Force Headquarters in Washington, DC, transporting VIPs on their inspection tours, and as courier to Chief of Staff General George C. Marshall. Join Hayward in developing a veterans association and gathering at annual reunions, and making six return trips to China to relive the pleasant and the sorrowful. With 53 combat missions, David is the recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross,  Air Medal w/OLC, Asiatic-Pacific Theater Medal w/2 bronze stars, WWII Victory Medal and Burma Star Medal.

https://www.amazon.com/Young-Man-Wild-Blue-Yonder/dp/0615885497 

Mr. Hayward belongs to the Freedom Committee of Orange County (http://fc-oc.org) whose members speak to high school students and civic groups to bring “living history” into the classroom and instill a sense of patriotism in future generations. 

Bring a friend and join us to hear this exciting true story from the WWII! 

Seating is limited, for RESERVATIONS call (949) 631-5918.    Doors open at 2:00, program at 2:30. Free admission and refreshments. We are located at 1870 Anaheim Ave. northwest corner of the Lions Park complex. Visit www.costamesahistory.org   or go to facebook/costa mesa historical society for more information. 

Note: Due to construction, entry to parking lot must be made off Anaheim Ave.  

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We wanted you to be among the first to be aware that the Historical Society has released its second book on Costa Mesa History, covering the years 1940-2003.  The book tells the story of Costa Mesa’s growth from infancy to its coming of age.
 
The book is available at the Costa Mesa Historical Society, 1870 Anaheim Ave, 949-631-5918, cmhistory@sbcglobal.net
  
From the back Cover: Perhaps no one could have foreseen the amazing transformation of Costa Mesa from a sleepy rancho to today’s bustling “City of the Arts.”  Along with other Orange County cities, Costa Mesa experienced explosive growth, redevelopment, county bankruptcy, traffic, and environmental issues.  While navigating these events, Costa Mesa emerged with its own brand of Southern California cityhood

 

Give the gift of history and help support the CMHS at the same time!

Lots of books and memorabilia to select from including commemorative plates, paperweights and SAAAB items, note paper, postcards and out of print items.

And we have many historic photos to choose from for your home, office or gift! 

 

"Costa Mesa My Sweet Home" video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luwNEsM94FU&feature=youtu.be

 

Also still available is our first book Early Costa Mesa: more info


The Costa Mesa Historical Society welcomes you to its online home.  The Society is an all-volunteer, non-profit group whose mission is to collect, preserve and promote the history of the Costa Mesa area.

We encourage anyone interested in Costa Mesa history to explore our website.  Also, we extend an open invitation to interested individuals, families, students, professionals, businesses and organizations to become members of the Society.

This website contains but a tiny sampling of the many resources available to you.  Please contact us should you need more information.

 

 

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