Bill Pennebaker loved books, and he loved the 390th Memorial Museum. Late last year, the 97-year-old decided to have a book sale to benefit the museum. For nearly eight months, he and his caregiver scoured his hometown of Midland,Texas in search of WWII-themed books. Bill researched the suggested value of each book, adding personal notes ‘about what’s interesting’.
Bill tediously took notes for over eight large boxes worth of books. Earlier this year he delivered the books with the assistance of his daughter and son-in-law. Sadly, Bill passed away in October, just days after attending his final 390th Bomb Group Reunion held at the 390th Memorial Museum in Tucson.
Pennebaker was instrumental in the development of high altitude strategic bombing, initially testing the B-17 at altitude and reporting the effects of high altitude flight on the human body. Later, he was the Command Pilot of the entire 13th Combat Wing.
The book sale opens on Veterans Day and will be ongoing until all of the books are sold. Proceeds will benefit the 390th Memorial Museum Foundation. Admission to the 390th Memorial Museum is free with paid admission to the Pima Air and Space Museum.