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WWII dive bomber pilot to speak in Naples

By Staff | Mar 22, 2013

Ed Sieber

Ed Sieber of Sanibel, a World War II dive bomber pilot, will speak at the Military Memorabilia Museum located at the Naples Commercial Airline Terminal at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 7.

Sieber received the Navy Cross for helping sink the Japanese supership, the Yamato, on April 7, l945. He spoke last February and March at the Sanibel Historical Museum where his medals, including the Silver Star, two Distinguished Flying Crosses and four Air Medals were on display.

When the Naples Military Museum contacted Sieber and requested his medals be displayed there, the Historical Museum and the city of Sanibel graciously released them.

Sieber will describe in detail, the events leading to the historic sinking of the Yamato. His plane dubbed “the Helldiver” was unique in its ability to perform a 90-degree dive at terminal velocity and recover (4-6 G’s). Sieber will explain how pilots in WWII struggled to keep the Helldiver stable and the fact that a number of pilots were killed during training with this SB2C model.

A question and answer period will follow the one-hour talk. The meeting is free and open to the public.

For more information or directions, call Sieber at 395-9078.