Pyote in Ward County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Rattlesnake Bomber Base
(Pyote Army Air Base)
On Jan. 1, 1943, the 19th Bombardment Group (later known as the 19th Combat Crew Training School), a heavily-decorated fighting unit from the Pacific Theater, arrived to begin training B-17 bomber crews. Pyote came to be highly regarded as a top training field, and its crews set many new records for flying hours. This reputation continued after the transition to B-29s was made in July 1944.
During the post-war years, the base served as a storage facility, at one time housing as many as 2,000 aircraft, including the “Enola Gay”, the plane that dropped the first atomic bomb. Pyote also was used for a short time as a radar station, but by 1966 it was no longer economical to maintain such a large base for so small an operation,
Erected 1984 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 4204.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & Space • War, World II. A significant historical month for this entry is July 1944.
Location. 31° 31.749′ N, 103° 7.866′ W. Marker is in Pyote, Texas, in Ward County. Marker is on Avenue A (State Highway 57) 0.4 miles west of Pyote Street (State Highway 247), on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Pyote TX 79777, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. 381st Bomb Group (H) B17 (a few steps from this marker); Ward County (approx. 3.8 miles away); Willow Springs (approx. 11½ miles away).
Also see . . . Pyote Air Force Station - The Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association (TSHA) (Submitted on March 25, 2021, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas.)
Credits. This page was last revised on March 25, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 22, 2011, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. This page has been viewed 626 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on November 22, 2011, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. 2. submitted on March 25, 2021, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. 3. submitted on November 22, 2011, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.