Pratt in Pratt County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Taken from Tailwind December 22, 1945
"To sum up the operation and the effectiveness of PAAF requires no flowery words or elaboration on actual facts. The records speak for themselves.
"Pratt trained the first B-29 Group to see active service overseas.
"The first Group to raid Tokyo
The first Group to make a fire-raid on the Japanese capital
"And more firsts too numerous even to mention
"Its Groups were the first into aggressive B-29 action against the Japanese and the count tolled against the enemy is still being tabulated
In an even larger sense, the Field [PAAF] pioneered the B-29 program of the Army Air Forces being the number one installation exclusively dedicated to training crews on the Army Air Force pride.
"With PAAF's demise the era of "Training-for-War" in Kansas comes to a close, the foremost producer passing out of existence
"The field brought much to Kansas and to Pratt itself, but no more then was given it in return by the people of the state and the town."
Location. 37° 42.271′ N, 98° 44.422′ W. Marker is in Pratt, Kansas, in Pratt County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 281 and NE 40th Street, on the left when traveling north on Click for map. The B-29 All Veterans Memorial is located on the grounds of the Pratt Municipal Airport (former Pratt Army Air Field). Marker is in this post office area: Pratt KS 67124, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 40th Bomb Group VH (here, next to this marker); Training Fatalities - Pratt Army Air Field (here, next to this marker); 58th Bomb Wing (here, next to this marker); 29th Bomb Group (here, next to this marker); 45th Bombardment Squadron (VH) Honored Dead (here, next to this marker); Pratt Army Air Field (here, next to this marker); B-29 All Veterans Memorial (here, next to this marker); Heroic Efforts of B-26 Aircrew (here, next to this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Pratt.
Also see . . .
1. History of Pratt Army Air Field, Kansas. (Submitted on May 5, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
2. B-29 All Veterans Memorial, Pratt, Kansas. (Submitted on May 5, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
Categories. • Air & Space • Patriots & Patriotism • War, World II •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page has been viewed 130 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.