Goodfellow Air Force Base in Tom Green County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Dedicated 11 November 1983
Span: 68 Feet • Speed: 275 MPH
Length: 53 Feet • Ceiling: 25,000 Feet
Cost: $96,000 • Engine: 2 Wright R-2600
Named for air power advocate Gen Billy Mitchell, the North American B-25 medium bomber entered service in 1941. The first aircraft to sink a Japanese submarine , the B-25 recorded another first when 16 Mitchells took off from the carrier Hornet on 18 April 1942 to bomb Tokyo and other Japanese cities. Piloting the 16th Mitchell during the Doolittle Raid was Lt William Farrow, a graduate of Goodfellow's first class.
Goodfellow's Mitchell (S/N 44-28875) entered service in 1944 and was modified to a trainer model (TB-25) the following year. Prior to its retirement in 1959 the Mitchell saw service at Roswell, Carswell, Kelly and Dyess Air Force Bases. In 1983 GAFB acquired the Mitchell and placed it at the old South Gate on Scherz Blvd. The base moved the Mitchell to the present location in 1991, to stand in tribute to the 2,434 pilots who trained on the TB-25 at Goodfellow from 1954 to 1958.
Erected 1983 by United States Air Force.
Topics. This historical marker is listed Air & Space • War, Cold • War, World II. A significant historical date for this entry is April 18, 1942.
Location. 31° 25.484′ N, 100° 24.551′ W. Marker is in Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, in Tom Green County. Marker is on Kearney Boulevard, 0.1 miles north of South Chadbourne Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Goodfellow AFB TX 76908, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. RQ-1K Predator (approx. 0.2 miles away); Chaplain, Major General Robert Preston Taylor (approx. 0.3 miles away); Charles B. Metcalfe (approx. 0.4 miles away); BT-13A Valiant (approx. half a mile away); T-28A Trojan (approx. 0.6 miles away); EC-47 ARDF Operations in Southeast Asia (approx. 0.6 miles away); Goodfellow Field (approx. 0.6 miles away); T-6G Texan (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Goodfellow Air Force Base.
More about this marker. Access is restricted since marker is on an active United States Air Force base. Marker supplements the original 1983 marker and was probably set in place soon after the bomber was moved to its current position in 1991.
Credits. This page was last revised on December 22, 2019. It was originally submitted on October 3, 2008, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 2,011 times since then and 73 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 3, 2008, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.