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Great Bend in Barton County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Rover Boys Express

21st Bomber Command • 73rd Bomb Wing

— 499th Bomb Group • 878th Bomb Squadron —

 
 
Rover Boys Express Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., November 13, 2012
1. Rover Boys Express Marker
Inscription.  
Edmund G Smith POW • James Edward POW
Ray "Hap" Halloran POW • Robert Grace*
William Franz* • Guy H Knobel POW
John P Nicholson POW • Anthony Lukasiewicz*
Vito C Barbieri* • Robert Holladay*
Cecil T Laird*

 
Topics. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: Air & SpaceWar, World II.
 
Location. 38° 20.836′ N, 98° 50.99′ W. Marker is in Great Bend, Kansas, in Barton County. Memorial is on 6th Street west of Airport Road/SW 40th Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Marker is at the B-29 Memorial Plaza at Great Bend Municipal Airport. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Great Bend KS 67530, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Leslie J. Campbell Jr. (here, next to this marker); Crew 52 (here, next to this marker); Duke's Lead Crew (here, next to this marker); Great Bend AAF Ground Training Unit (here, next to this marker); Honey - V☐ 42 (here, next to this marker); Pacific Queen Z-35 (here,
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next to this marker); Welch's Wolves (here, next to this marker); Van Wingerden's Crew (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Great Bend.
 
Also see . . .
1. B-29 Memorial Plaza, Great Bend, Kansas. (Submitted on April 9, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. History of the "Rover Boys Express". Pacific Wrecks website entry (Submitted on April 9, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.) 

3. 73rd Bomb Wing Photos and Film. (Submitted on April 9, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
B-29 Memorial Plaza, Great Bend, Kansas image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr.
2. B-29 Memorial Plaza, Great Bend, Kansas
The Rover Boys Express By Roberto Cernuda image. Click for more information.
via NPS, unknown
3. The Rover Boys Express By Roberto Cernuda
Hero of “The Rover Boys Express”
National Park Service: America's National Parks in the Pacific blog entry
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 20, 2022. It was originally submitted on April 9, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 891 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 9, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   3. submitted on November 26, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.

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Jul. 20, 2024