One of the original trustees of the Alfred & Lois Kelch Charitable Trust and a long time friend of Al Kelch is Doug Holt, from Mequon, Wisconsin. Doug has a long history with the restoration, maintenance and flying of the Kelch collection aircraft and has been a champion of the new Kelch Museum project for some time. His weekly phone calls and correspondance have helped guide the project as we enter the design and construction phase. He has been of immesurable help in making sure the Kelch Aviation Museum is something that Al and Lois Kelch would be proud of.
Doug has also written a book that is a must read for any historian of World War II and that should be required reading for high school history classes. Doug was an Army Air Forces pilot over Germany, flying B-17s and a number of other aircraft. That he survived the dangerous skies over Europe is amazing in itself, but his stories of surviving accelerated flight training as a young 19-year-old officer and various other experiences that men of his generation endured, make us appreciate their sacrifices and reiterate what difficult and pivotal time that was in our history.
We are happy to offer “Lucky Dog” for sale on our website. Retail price is $15 but Doug has insisted that we offer it to all military veterans for a reduced price, so by entering the listed coupon code, veterans can get Luck Dog for $9. Shipping is $4.00 but we’ll have it available at the museum all summer so you can pick it up in person. Visit the Museum Store link above to order.