World wars round table group to meet Feb. 12

Former U.S. Air Force helicopter pilot John Lance will be the guest speaker as the Carolina Round Table on the World Wars meets at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, at Western Carolina University.

Lance earned a history degree at the U.S. Air Force Academy and a master’s degree in European history at WCU. He spent 20 years on active duty as a helicopter pilot with various Air Force units and now lives in Asheville.

The presentation, “Seeds of Destruction: Aerial Mining in the Second World War,” will examine the effective combining of advanced anti-ship mines and combat aircraft by all combatants during the Second World War. Lance will address the technological, economic and cultural aspects of that form of warfare.

The meeting will be held in Room 130 of the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center. The presentation is free and open to everyone.

For more information, contact David Dorondo, WCU associate professor of history, at 828-227-3908 or