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United States Air Force Academy in El Paso County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

499th Bombardment Group (VH)

73rd Bomb Wing (Saipan)

 

— 20th Air Force —

 
499th Bombardment Group (VH) Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 10, 2020
1. 499th Bombardment Group (VH) Marker
Inscription.  

Paying tribute to the fearless airmen of the 499th,
and especially those lost in combat, along with
elements of an outstanding support team

877th Bomb Squadron (V-Square 1 to 20)
878th Bomb Squadron (V-Square 21 to 40)
879th Bomb Squadron (V-Square 41 to 60)
330th Service Group

From Smokey Hill Army Air Field
Salina, Kansas April 1944

• To the first B-29 strike against
Honshu, Japan, Thanksgiving Day,
24 Nov 44

• To the last air battle in which the
73rd Bomb Wing struck alone. 62 B-29s
were met by 984 fighter attacks, Japan’s
most vigorous punch against B-29 forces.
Nine B-29s were lost. The well-defended target:
#357, Tokyo, 27 Jan 45

• To the day when tactics changed, the first
low level incendiary attack against major
industrial cities of Japan -- 10 Mar 45

• To the day in which the largest force
of B-29s were used: 853
1 Aug 45

• To total surrender
14 Aug 45

• To peace at last on Tokyo Bay,
VJ Day, 2 Sept 45

[Illustrations of changing tail identification

499th Bombardment Group (VH) Marker on Memorial Wall image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 10, 2020
2. 499th Bombardment Group (VH) Marker on Memorial Wall
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Topics. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: Air & SpacePatriots & PatriotismWar, World II.
 
Location. 39° 0.926′ N, 104° 51.31′ W. Marker is in United States Air Force Academy, Colorado, in El Paso County. Marker is in the United States Air Force Academy Cemetery, on Parade Loop west of Stadium Boulevard, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: USAF Academy CO 80840, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 20th Air Force (here, next to this marker); 18th Fighter Group • 318th Fighter Group (here, next to this marker); Seventh Fighter Command (here, next to this marker); 497th Bombardment Group (VH) (here, next to this marker); 414th Fighter Group • 506th Fighter Group (here, next to this marker); 15th Fighter Group • 21st Fighter Group (here, next to this marker); 500th Bombardment Group (VH) (here, next to this marker); 498th Bombardment Group (VH) (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in United States Air Force Academy.
 
More about this marker. Must have a valid ID to enter the USAF Academy grounds.
 
Also see . . .
1. 499th Bombardment Group (VH) at 20th Air Force. (Submitted on November 27, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. 499th Bombardment Group. (Submitted on November 27, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 27, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 27, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 54 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 27, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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