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

Camouflage Building

Lewistown Satellite Airfield Historic District

 
 
Camouflage Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 18, 2019
1. Camouflage Building Marker
Inscription.  The United States Army Air Force (USAAF) trained its field maintenance crews in camouflage painting to make aircraft difficult to distinguish from the ground. Constructed in the spring of 1943, this building was designed for teaching and facilitating aircraft camouflage techniques. A catwalk, unique among Lewistown Airfield’s buildings, allowed students to lay out their designs and provided instructors a bird’s eye view to evaluate them. While American allies used elaborate camouflage, USAAF heavy bombers never widely adopted it. This building more frequently functioned as an auxiliary hangar for base utility aircraft shuttles that carried payroll and mail between Lewistown and the main base at Great Falls. It also may have housed the small twin engine AT-6 “tug” used in target practice. The plane towed a windsock-like target over the gunnery range north of Grass Range. The B-17 gunners fired painted, color-coded bullets so the instructor could determine who hit the target. Vintage pinup posters and calendars decorate the “camo” building’s main walls, colorfully recalling the years the building saw active use.
 
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Camouflage Building and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 18, 2019
2. Camouflage Building and Marker
The marker is to the left of the hangar door.
The Montana National Register Sign Program.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program marker series.
 
Location. 47° 2.913′ N, 109° 27.36′ W. Marker is near Lewistown, Montana, in Fergus County. Marker is on East Aztec Drive near Rimby Drive, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: 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. Quartermaster Warehouses (here, next to this marker); Training Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Pre-War Hangar (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); All Purpose Shop (about 400 feet away); Crew Chief Building (about 600 feet away); Armament Building (about 600 feet away); Recreation Building (about 800 feet away); Hangar (approx. 0.2 miles 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 Municipal Airport.
 
Also see . . .  B17 Nose Art. Adults only. (Submitted on December 16, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.) 
 
Categories. Air & SpaceWar, World II
 
<i>Memphis Belle</i> camouflage pattern image. Click for full size.
By Unknown
3. Memphis Belle camouflage pattern
B17 Camouflage image. Click for full size.
By Unknown
4. B17 Camouflage
<i>Blonde Bomber</i> Nose Art image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer
5. Blonde Bomber Nose Art
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on December 22, 2019. This page originally submitted on December 16, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 36 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on December 16, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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