Near Lewistown in Fergus County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
Lewistown Army Airfield
The Montana airbases were constructed in record time by the US Army Corps of Engineers. By the first anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack, B-17 aircraft were landing at this airfield. The 49th, 548th, 570th, and 615th Bomb Squadrons all preformed crucial Organizational Training Unit missions in Montana. B-17 training bases were also located at Cut Bank, Glasgow, and Great Falls.
The Montana-trained squadrons flew a total of 1263 combat missions, dropped 71,128 tons of bombs, lost 548 aircraft and shot down 1018 enemy planes without ever turning away from a mission. They earned Presidential Unit Citations for valor and fortitude over Leipzig, Oscherslaben, Regensberg, Schweinfurt, Steyr and Zwickau.
Erected by Montana Department of Transportation.
Location. 47° 3.308′ N, 109° 27.568′ W. Marker is near Lewistown, Montana, in Fergus County. Marker is on U.S. 87 near H Street, on the left when traveling west. 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. The Nez Perce Conflict of 1877 (a few steps from this marker); The Judith Basin Country (a few steps from this marker); Camouflage Building (approx. half a mile away); Quartermaster Warehouses (approx. half a mile away); All Purpose Shop (approx. half a mile away); Training Building (approx. half a mile away); Crew Chief Building (approx. half a mile away); Pre-War Hangar (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lewistown.
More about this marker. This marker is located at the Kiwanis Club Campground.
Categories. • Air & Space • War, World II •
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 17, 2019. This page originally submitted on December 17, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 49 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 17, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.