UPDATE: iHistory Project is now officially a non-profit! – By Jeffrey Worthington & iHistory Project

By: Jeffrey Worthington & iHistory Project

Hey Everyone!

I’m very happy to announce that we recently received our 501c3 non-profit status!  We, at the Worthington Foundation are very excited for what this means in the coming months!  Thank you for your support over the years.   We started the iHistory Project back in 2009 and it has been quite a journey.

When we started the iHistory Project, in the Fall of 2009, we looked to partner with other non-profit organizations in order to save the time of having to file to become 501(c)(3) ourselves, but because of the economic down turn, most organizations were not taking on new projects.  So in June 2010, we hired a paralegal, who came highly recommended and whom we had worked with previously, to file our own 501(c)(3) application.  Unfortunately, he led us on a wild goose chase for 18 months.  He took our money and, to the best of our knowledge, he’s residing in Europe.  It was mid-2011 before we realized that he was not doing the work he had claimed.  This was confirmed a few months later when the IRS said that he had never contacted them on our behalf.  Needless to say, that was devastating news.

It took a few months for us to untangle the mess he left behind.  So, in January 2012, we again began the process of applying to become non-profit organization.  However, this time was with a reputable company, thus, we are glad to report that in October, 2012, we (the Worthington Foundation) finally received our 501(c)(3) non-profit status!

Preserve our World War II veterans’ history while bridging the generational gap with today’s youth.  Spread the word about the iHistory Project with your family, friends, and teachers, via Facebook, Twitter, etc.  Remember to download our flyer (Click Here)!

For more details on how to get your teens involved with our iHistory Project, go to our website: www.Heroes-WW2.org

Talk again soon.

Jeffrey Worthington

Worthington Foundation

Project Director (iHistory Project)

What Do You Get When You Cross Old Crow With Bud? By Jeffrey Worthington, iHistory Project-WW2

What do you get when you cross Old Crow with Bud?  No, I’m not talking about the trade name for a particular bourbon Whiskey and I certainly don’t mean to conjure thoughts of a very popular brand of beer.  I’m talking about the plane, “Old Crow” and the pilot, Clarence, “Bud” Anderson.  Put them together and you get one of the most winning combinations of man and machine to take to the skies during World War 2.

Flying his P-51 Mustang, “Old Crow”, as part of the 357th Fighter Group of the Mighty Eighth Air Force,  Bud was part of a team that challenged the Luftwaffe’s supremacy and  ultimately dominated the skies over Europe. He earned the title Triple Ace, a title that recognizing that Bud shot down no fewer than 15 Axis aircraft while piloting not only a good fighter aircraft, but the one the History Channel, in its program on the top ten fighters of all time, called the best of the best.   Its speed and maneuverability are legendary and its extended range made it a long distance escort for bombers like the B-17 Flying Fortress whose missions deep into Nazi airspace would not have been possible without the P-51 and the men like Bud Anderson who so skillfully flew them.  Commenting on the Mustang’s contribution Bud noted:

“The airplane arrived in Europe at the precisely important time when the heavy bombers were taking such losses that they knew they had to have escort fighters that could go wherever the bombers could go. The arrival of the Mustang…meant we could go deep into Germany …The spring of 1944 is when historians agree we broke the back of the Luftwaffe…We overwhelmed them with 1,000 bomber raids with 1,000 – 1200 fighters, all at once, day after day.”  

So, if you combine Bud, the WW2 Triple Ace with Old Crow, his trusty P-51 Mustang, you get a winning combination that helped win the war over Europe!

You can learn more about Bud Anderson the P-51 Mustang and the Mighty Eighth Air Force by visiting Bud’s web site and the web site of the Mighty Eighth at www.mightyeighth.org/history.  

I hope you will support me (and hundreds of World War 2 enthusiasts and volunteers around the world) in challenging American teens across America, who are interested in military history, to participate in the iHistory Project-WW2.  We are committed to preserving these great World War 2 stories and memories and to bringing them to life so future generations will understand and appreciate the events of this conflict and how they shaped our world.

For more information, visit the I-History Project-WW2 or contact me directly at jeff@ihistoryproject.org.