Julius was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1932. He attended a class for Jews at a Christian school. His father Dave, was a blond, blue-eyed mechanical engineer and Austrian from a British family. About 1942, in the middle of the night, Dave was seized by German agents and taken to Berlin to work on U-boat designs. The family only heard from him once or twice before he was killed by advancing Soviet artillery at the end of the war.
In 1944 Julius heard his mother, Dr Rosie Neumann Royal, was held at a temporary camp in a football field and scheduled to be deported to Auschwitz. He got to see her one more time before she was herded into a cattle car. One of his mother's sisters was forced to live in the ghetto. Julius' aunt Magda was gassed at Dachau, along with her 5-year old daughter. An uncle was transported to Ukraine and died as a slave laborer. Dr Rosie Royal survived Auschwitz and practiced medicine in Budapest until age 75.
Julius wanted to be a pilot and attended the Hungarian Air Force Officer Academy from 1952 to 1954. In 1956 he was the co-pilot of a crew of four aboard a fighter-bomber during the Hungarian Uprising. When his aircraft was shot down by a much faster Soviet MiG-17, he bailed out and fled across the Austrian border.
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Sherm Smoot, Museum President, donor David H. Goff, Jim Barker and Gary Corippo, discussing the new acquisition
The museum recently received a Focke_Wulf 149 D "Piggi" aircraft. This aircraft is in excellent condition, and will be on display in Hangar 1. The FwP-149 D is a former German Air Force trainer, originally built by Piaggi Areo, in Genoa, Italy, later licensed to Focke_Wulf.
Museum Docents Make it all Happen!
Estrella Warbirds Museum relies on an outstanding cast of volunteer docents to help run the museum, the gift shop, the automobile display.
September 25the is coming up fast! It's half price day at the museum and plenty of family fun! Come on down for the greatest automotive related swap meet on the central coast. There will be live music, plenty of vendors and lots of swappers on hand. Click on the poster above for more information