Lexington in Lexington County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
World War II Bombing Ranges
Lake Murray islands, most notably Lunch Island (since 1945 also called Bomb Island or Doolittle Island), Shull Island, and Dreher Island, were used as bombing ranges during World War II. B-25 crews from the Columbia Army Air Base (now Columbiana Metropolitan Airport) flew thousands of training missions here 1942-1945.
These islands were used for many types of practice runs, in which crews dropped flare, incendiary, and demolition bombs. Five B-25s ditched or crashed into Lake Murray while training here. Four were salvaged during the war, and the last aircraft, a rare B-25C, was salvaged from the lake in 2005.
Erected 2007 by Lake Murray B-25 Rescue Project, Inc. (Marker Number 32-36.)
Location. 34° 3.756′ N, 81° 13.267′ W. Marker is in Lexington, South Carolina, in Lexington County. Marker is on North Lake Drive (South Carolina Route 6), on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is located on the west side of the north entrance, at the start of the pedestrian bridge. Marker is in this post office area: Lexington SC 29072, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lake Murray (here, next to this marker); Town of Irmo (approx. 2.7 miles away); Richlex School Site (approx. 3.6 miles away); Bethlehem Church (approx. 3.7 miles away); Providence Church (approx. 3.9 miles away); St. Paul Church / Oak Grove (approx. 4.2 miles away); Zion Lutheran Church / Dreher's Fort (approx. 4.8 miles away); St. Andrew's Lutheran Church (approx. 5.1 miles away); Cotton Gin (approx. 5.3 miles away); Kitchen (approx. 5.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Lexington.
Also see . . .
1. Lake Murray's B-25. The Story of B-25s at Lake Murray started with Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 in World War II.
2. B-25 Mitchell. The North American B-25 Mitchell was an American twin-engined medium bomber manufactured by North American Aviation.
3. Dreher Island State Recreation Area. Out into the lake but not far from the city, Dreher Island State Recreation Area is a great place to get away from it all.
4. Purple Martins on Lake Murray, SC / Summer of '08 (youtube.com). Lunch Island, also known as Doolittle Island or Bombing Range Island, in the middle of Lake Murray, is North America’s first officially designated Purple Martin sanctuary.
5. Lake Murray's Mitchell. At about 10:45 a.m. on April 4, 1943, Bryce Lever was looking for fishing worms on the south shore of Lake Murray in South Carolina when he saw an airplane flying low, heading toward the water.
6. The Doolittle Raiders and the Lake Murray B-25. The Doolittle Raid was perhaps the most famous exploit of the B-25 Mitchell.
7. B-25 WWII plane retrieved from depths of Lake Murray. Sixty–two years after plunging into Lake Murray, one of the last remaining Army Air Corps war planes has been rescued from 150 feet beneath the lake’s surface.
8. Up from the deep. Lake Murray's B-25 yields treasures, memories & connections.
9. These pictures were taken of the Mitchell B-25 from Lake Murray. They lifted the plane from 150ft water to only a few feet below a barge.
10. Lake Murray (South Carolina). Lake Murray is a reservoir in the U.S. state of South Carolina. It is approximately 50,000 acres (200 km˛) in size, and has roughly 500 miles (800 km) of shoreline.
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