The Thunderbirds made their first of four amphibious landings on July 10, 1943, hitting the beaches of Sicily in Operation Husky. The war, for the Thunderbirds, would take them from Sicily, to mainland Europe, through Italy, Southern France, and finally Germany. The World War II gallery features artifacts and photographs which tell the story of the division’s actions in the European Theater of Operations.

Also housed in the World War II gallery are artifacts owned by Adolf Hitler. These unique artifacts were taken from his apartment in Munich and his mountain retreat, The Eagle’s Nest, in Berchtesgaden, Germany. Perhaps the most unique item was taken from Hitler’s Berlin Bunker. Lt. Colonel Horace Calvert of Oklahoma City took the mirror from the bedroom of the Berlin Bunker. Visitors can gaze into the mirror once belonging to the leader of the Nazi Germany.