List of Past Reunions

The wide variety of activities at each of the AFEES reunions for past years can be seen below.  For greater detail,  see the schedules and post-reunion stories in the AFEES newsletters. Go to the page on this website featuring the newsletter, known as Communications.  Click on  the March/Spring and June/Summer issues for reunion details on that year’s reunion.  Reunions for 1964 to 1991 were copied from a list in the August 2005 issue of Communications, which did not contain further details.  Below the list is a table from the August 2006 Special Edition of Communications which lists the reunions and the number of people attending from 1964-2006.

  • 1964 – Buffalo, NY, May 15-16.  See Operation Bonaparte by William H. Spinning.
  • 1967 – Niagara Falls, NY (AFEES Thank You Dinner, Sept. 1967)
  • 1969 – Trip to Europe
  • 1974 – Pittsburg, PA (Comete, AFEES, Oct. 1974)
  • 1976 – Tour of cities.  (Niagara Falls, NY; Detroit-Boloomfield Hills, MI; Pittsburg, PA; Washington, D.C.; New York, NY)
  • 1978 – Pittsburg, PA
  • 1979 – Phoenix, AZ (joint meeting with 8th AF)
  • 1980 – Orlando, FL (joint meeting with 8th AF)
  • 1982 – Cincinnatti, OH (joint meeting with 8th AF)
  • 1984 – New York, NY
  • 1985 – Trip to Europe
  • 1986 – Atlanta, GA
  • 1987 – San Antonio, TX
  • 1988 – Denver, CO
  • 1989 – Pittsburg, PA
  • 1990 – Memphis, TN.  This same year 35 evaders and wives plus RCAF went to Europe to see helpers.
  • 1991 – Irvine, CA
  • 1992 – Savannah, GA (Raddison Plaza Savannah, “First Lady of Savannah” riverboat cruise, tour of Fort Stewart)
  • 1993 – St. Louis, MO (St. Louis Marriott Pavilion Downtown, lunch on the Mississippi)
  • 1994 – Fort Worth, Texas (Worthington Hotel, annual arts festival and fair, Meachum Field, tour the flying B-17 “Chuckie”, presentation by the Comanche Indian Ben Tahmahkera)
  • 1995 – Toronto, Canada (Royal York Hotel, joint meeting of AFEES and Canadian branch of Royal Air Forces Escaping Society, tour of Toronto, tour of Niagara Falls)
  • 1996 – Savannah, GA (Savannah Riverfront Marriott , tour of Savannah, Mighty 8th AF Heritage Museum)
  • 1997 – Dayton, Ohio (Dayton Marriott, Patterson Homestead, Wright Brothers’ Mansion, Woodland Cemetery, National Cash Register, Packard Museum, Carillon Park, Wright-Patterson AFB, USAF Museum)
  • 1998 – Falls Church, VA (Fairview Park Marriott, Arlington National Cemetery, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Mount Vernon)
  • 1999 – Mesa, AZ (Arizona Golf Resort & Convention Center, Champlin Fighter Museum, Dolly Steamboat, Rockin “R” Ranch). Post-reunion trip to the Grand Canyon.
  • 2000 –  Columbia, MO (Ramada Inn Conference Center, day trip to Fulton, MO including Churchill Memorial, Daniel Boone’s life interpretation, two-day airshow at local airport)
  • 2001 – Spokane, WA (WestCoast Ridpath Hotel, Fairchild AFB, tour of Spokane). Post-reunion cruise to Alaska.
  • 2002 – Tampa Bay, FL (Wyndam Westshore Hotel, US Coast Guard Station, MacDill AFB)
  • 2003 – Wichita Falls, TX (Holiday Inn and Multi-Purpose Events Center; Sheppard AFB, TX; Fort Sill, OK)
  • 2004 – Philadelphia, PA (Valley Forge Hilton Hotel, King of Prussia, PA; Army War College; Valley Forge Military Academy).  News story from Air Force Link.
  • 2005 – New Orleans, LA (Park Plaza Hotel and D-Day Museum).  News story from: Times Picayune, May 15, 2005 EE-398
  • 2006 – Albuquerque, NM (MCM Elegante Hotel & Event Center)
  • 2007 – St. Louis, MO (Sheraton St. Louis City Center Hotel & Suites)
  • 2008 – Savannah, GA (Savannah Holiday Inn and 8th AF Museum, Pooler, GA)
  • 2009 – Dayton, Ohio (Holiday Inn, Dayton-Fairborn, OH; National Museum of the USAF)
  • 2010 – Colorado Springs, Colorado (Crowne Plaza Hotel, Air Force Academy)
  •  2011 – San Antonio, Texas (Holiday Inn Riverwalk, Randolph and Lackland AFB tour)
  • 2012 – Albuquerque, New Mexico (MCM Elegante, Old Town, Sandia Peak Tour, Kirkland AFB tour).  News story from: Kirkland AFB May 18, 2012
  • 2013 – Tampa, Florida (Crowne Plaza Hotel, Tampa Westshore; Big Cat Rescue, Holocaust Museum, Salvador Dali Museum)  For a news story on the Tampa reunion, click here.
  • 2014 – Charleston, South Carolina (Crowne Plaza Charleston, Fort Sumter tour, USS Yorktown tour)
  • 2015 – Salt Lake City, UT.  (Plaza Hotel, Hill AFB Aerospace Museum tour, Park City tour)
  • 2016 – Tucson, AZ  ( Double Tree Hotel – Reid Park., Sabino Canyon Recreation Area, Pima Air Force Space Museum and Boneyard, military day at Davis/Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona Sonora Desert Museum)
  • 2017 – Tampa. Florida (Crowne Plaza Hotel, Tampa Westshore; University of South Florida Botanical Gardens, Dolphin Sunset Cruise, Florida Aquarium, U.S. Coast Guard Clearwater Air Station, Henry B. Plant Museum and Park
  • 2018 – Savannah, Georgia (Hilton Garden Inn Airport; Trolley Tour of Historic Savannah; Travis Field Air National Guard visit; Hunter Army Airfield briefing and visit; 8th Air Force Museum tour and dinner; Magic Dolphin Tour)
  • 2019 – Niagara, New York (Niagara Lodge, Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, Niagara Falls State Park, Military Day and Lunch, Skylon Tower, Underground Railroad).  This was followed by a combined reunion with the 8th AF Historical Society in St. Louis, MO in October 2019, which featured visits to the Gateway Arch, Old Cathedral, Boeing Prologue Room, Holocaust Museum and Learning Center, and St. Charles, MO.
  • 2020 – No AFEES reunion was held because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • 2021, Oct. 27-31 – Savannah, Georgia.  AFEES combined its reunion with that of the 8th Air Force Historical Society.
  • Planned reunion with the 8th AFHS in Washington, D.C., set for October 19-23, 2022

AFEES REUNIONS, 1964-2006, WITH ATTENDANCE

List of AFEES reunions, 1964-2006 with attendance

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  1. My father Lt. David A. Donovan was shot down over Chalais (Charente) in France June 8, 1944. It took 3 months to get out. He was with The Françoise network in Toulouse towards the end of July 1944 but went off on his own after his handler Phillipe (Jean-Henri Bregi) got arrested. He worked with different maquisards and even spent time with a Jedburgh Team (Collodion Loch). He met up with the French First Division in Nîmes then Americans and made it out on September 6, 1944. My family and I are leaving for France next week (9/25/19) to follow in his footsteps. My father was a member of this group at least until 1987 I saw his membership card. I am his youngest child and would be interested in following your club. Thank you and we are so excited to be going to France to meet the families that helped my dad evade capture.

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