“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Fairmont in Fillmore County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)

Fairmont Army Air Field

Fairmont Army Air Field Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, September 23, 2014
1. Fairmont Army Air Field Marker
Inscription.  Fairmont Army Air Field, located 3 1/2 miles south, was one of eleven army air force training fields built in Nebraska during World War II. The 1,980-acre field provided final training for the 451st, 485th, 504th, and 16th Heavy Bombardment Groups before they proceeded to the European, Mediterranean, or Pacific Theaters. The 98th, 467th, and 489th Bombardment Groups returning from Europe trained at Fairmont for possible service in the Pacific. The groups flew B- 24, B-17, and B-29 bombers.

The rapid influx of construction workers and military personnel needed to build and operate the field brought housing shortages, as well as an economic boost, to Fairmont and other nearby communities. Area residents welcomed the servicemen and tried to make their stay more pleasant, often inviting the soldiers into their homes. Some servicemen met their future wives while at Fairmont, and returned here after the war to raise their families.

Fairmont Army Air Field was de-activated in October 1945 and declared surplus in the spring of 1946. Part of the field is now operated as the Fairmont State Airfield.
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Fairmont Army Air Field Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, September 23, 2014
2. Fairmont Army Air Field Marker
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Fillmore County Historical Society, 451st Bombardment Group (H) Ltd., Robert M. Karstensen Sr., President and Nebraska State Historical Society. (Marker Number 381.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & SpaceWar, World II. In addition, it is included in the Nebraska State Historical Society series list. A significant historical month for this entry is October 1945.
Location. 40° 38.297′ N, 97° 33.565′ W. Marker is near Fairmont, Nebraska, in Fillmore County. Marker is on County Route 15 south of U.S. 6, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fairmont NE 68354, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fairmont Creamery Company (approx. 1.4 miles away); a different marker also named Fairmont Army Air Field (approx. 3.4 miles away); 1879 Exeter 1979 (approx. 5.7 miles away); The Purple Heart (approx. 12.8 miles away); Nebraska City-Fort Kearny Cut-Off (approx. 12.8 miles away); Moving People and Goods on the Overland Trail (approx. 12.8 miles away); Nebraska's I-80 Bicentennial Sculptures (approx. 12.8 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 15, 2014, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 424 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 15, 2014, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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