Near Bonner Springs in Wyandotte County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
This memorial is erected in recognition of the men and women who built the B-25 bombers at the North American Aviation plant in Kansas City, Kansas, during World War II.
Between December 1941, and August 1945, over 50,000 employees built 6,608 B-25 bombers in the Fairfax District. The B-25 Mitchell, the only military aircraft named for a person (General William "Billy" Mitchell), gained worldwide notoriety when 16 B-25s were launched from the aircraft carrier USS Hornet on a secret raid over Tokyo and other Japanese cities on April 18, 1942. The mission, though of limited military value, proved a big morale boost for the U.S.A.
The "Bomber Builders" lived their values: pride, patriotism and teamwork which truly helped preserve our freedom.
Erected January 1998
Erected 1998 by North American Aviation - Kansas City B-25 Bomber Builders Memorial Contributors.
Topics. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: Air & Space • Industry & Commerce • War, World II. A significant historical year for this entry is 1941.
Location. 39° 6.434′ N, Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 631 North 126th Street, Bonner Springs KS 66012, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Ethnic Communities of Wyandotte County Sesquicentennial (a few steps from this marker); Kansas City, Kansas (within shouting distance of this marker); Kansas Indian Reservations (within shouting distance of this marker); The National Farmers Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); Bonner Springs Veterans' Memorial (approx. 2½ miles away); Centennial Park Caboose (approx. 3.6 miles away); Edwardsville Veterans Memorial (approx. 4.3 miles away); In Memory of Moses Grinter (approx. 6.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bonner Springs.
Also see . . .
1. History of North American Aviation. (Submitted on August 21, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Fairfax Bomber Plant, Kansas City, Kansas. (Submitted on August 21, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. North American B-25 Mitchell. (Submitted on August 21, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 2, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 21, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 552 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 21, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.