Uncover the Heroic Tale of Bazooka Charlie at Museum Speaker Series

Jim Busha, the co-author of Bazooka Charlie: The Unbelievable Story of Major Charles Carpenter and Rosie the Rocketer is the next speaker in EAA’s Aviation Adventure Speaker Series. Jim will share the heroic true tale of a high school teacher sent to war who made headlines when he strapped six bazookas to a Piper L-4, and more revelations from Carpenter’s own letters and journals, in his presentation at the EAA Aviation Museum on Thursday, June 20, at 7 p.m.

Jim, EAA’s vice president of publications, marketing, membership, and retail, and editor in chief, has been enamored by aviation since he was a young boy, checking out the same book over and over on the 8th Air Force when his mom brought him to the library. “I was supposed to read other things, but I always gravitated to World War II aviation. I looked upon those guys as my heroes,” he said.

For more than 20 years, Jim has been interviewing and preserving the stories of hundreds of veterans. He published his first veteran story when he was still working on the Oshkosh police force, and “cranky editor” Budd Davisson of Flight Journal magazine asked for more, so Jim went “on a crusade of preserving history for future generations.”

For years at the top of his interview wish list was the famed Maj….

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