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Near Lewistown in Fergus County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

Armament Building

Lewistown Satellite Airfield Historic District

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 18, 2019
1. Armament Building Marker
Inscription.  Sand-filled “Blue Beetle” practice bombs with a five-pound black powder charge were loaded here for placement in the B-17s’ bomb bays. The practice bombs were later dropped in 1,000-foot circles during the daytime and on lighted targets at night. The bombing range was near War Horse Lake, 12 miles northwest of Winnett. The top secret Norden bombsight, later used to drop the uranium bomb “Little Boy” on Hiroshima from the B-29 Enola Gay, played a major role in the training at Lewistown. Navigators gained critical practice flying at night, invaluable experience since Montana’s few visual checkpoints mirrored conditions over blacked-out England in 1943. Gunners practiced working, loading, and un-jamming their guns in all conditions including freezing weather, day and night. As the war progressed, B-17s gained fuel capacity progressing from the E and F models to the ultimate B-17 G. Sixteen B-17 Gs and their crews trained at Lewistown from July 6 to October 6, 1943, then flew directly to the front in England.
 
Erected by The Montana National Register Sign Program.
 
Marker series.
Armament Building and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 18, 2019
2. Armament Building and Marker
This marker is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program marker series.
 
Location. 47° 2.853′ N, 109° 27.49′ W. Marker is near Lewistown, Montana, in Fergus County. Marker is at the intersection of West Aztec Drive and Gulf Stream Drive, on the right when traveling west on West Aztec Drive. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 113 West Aztec Drive, Lewistown MT 59457, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Crew Chief Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Recreation Building (within shouting distance of this marker); All Purpose Shop (within shouting distance of this marker); Hangar (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lewiston Satellite Airfield Historic District (about 300 feet away); Pre-War Hangar (about 400 feet away); Operations and Alert Building (about 500 feet away); Training Building (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lewistown.
 
More about this marker. This marker is located at the former Lewistown Satellite Airfield, now the Lewiston Airport.
 
Categories. Air & SpaceWar, World II
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on December 22, 2019. This page originally submitted on December 15, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 37 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 15, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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