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B-29 Memorial Plaza, Great Bend, Kansas image, Touch for more information
By William Fischer, Jr.
B-29 Memorial Plaza, Great Bend, Kansas
Kansas (Barton County), Great Bend — 19th Bombardment Group 28th Squadron 30th Squadron 93rd Squadron
Great Bend Army Air Field April 1944 to December 1944 North Field Guam December 1944 to September 1945 187 Missions Kadena Okinawa June 1950 to September 1953 251 Missions — Map (db m66299) HM WM
Kansas (Barton County), Great Bend — 40th Bomb Group
Activated April 1, 1941 Deactivated October 22, 1946 Served with Distinction From Bases In ————————— Puerto Rico Panama Guatamala Ecuador Pratt, Kansas Chakulia, India . . . — Map (db m66881) HM WM
Kansas (Barton County), Great Bend — 73rd Bomb Wing 20th Air Force
Wing Commander General Emmett "Rosie" O'Donnell 497th Bomb Group - A 869th Bomb Squadron 870th Bomb Squadron 871st Bomb Squadron 498th Bomb Group - T 873th Bomb Squadron 874th Bomb Squadron 875th Bomb . . . — Map (db m66370) WM
Kansas (Barton County), Great Bend — ATSF Locomotive No. 3416
Donated to the City of Great Bend this 18th day of Sept., 1956 by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company. History Purchased in July 1919 from Baldwin Locomotive Works at Eddystone, Pennsylvania at a cost of $69,000. Used in . . . — Map (db m59846) HM
Kansas (Barton County), Great Bend — City of Bakersfield 314th BW 19th BG 28th BS
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Kansas (Barton County), Great Bend — City of Flatbush 314th BW 19th BG 30th BS
Jim Hall Francis Thompson Eugene Victor Gerson Lacoff John Segal Don Leeper Ernest Vick John Keogh Don Comer Marv Beattie John Tyrrell Cecil Corley — Map (db m66270) WM
Kansas (Barton County), Great Bend — Civil War Memorial Lest We Forget
Erected and dedicated by Ira D. Brougher Department Commander to Pap Thomas Post No. 52 Grand Army of the Republic Department of Kansas Veterans of the War of 1861 - 1865 [Honor Roll of Post No. 52 Members] [Honor Roll . . . — Map (db m59159) HM
Kansas (Barton County), Great Bend — Civil War Memorial
In Memory of Veterans of War 1861 - 1865 — Map (db m66194) WM
Kansas (Barton County), Great Bend — Crew 52 73rd Bomb Wing 498th Bomb Group 875th Bomb Squadron —
Robert Brett Vonley R Bucklin Thomas Cantwell Roger Denis Burmon Hoyle Clarence Rarick William Schomburg Fred Sobaski Richard Solt David Sussman Burdette Young — Map (db m64279) WM
Kansas (Barton County), Great Bend — Deacon's Disciples 58th BW 444th BG 678th BS
Charles "Deacon" Miller Raymond Geiger Ted Morrill Ernest Keller Carson Eckmann Edward Hassig Robert Foor John Murray A.L. Tilley Archie Moore Delmar Pfeiffer Elmer (mascot) — Map (db m66265) WM
Kansas (Barton County), Great Bend — Duke's Lead Crew 58th Bomb Wing 444th Bomb Group 679th Bomb Squadron —
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Kansas (Barton County), Great Bend — Enola Gay 509th Composite Group
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Kansas (Barton County), Great Bend — 70 — Fort Zarah
In 1825 the Federal government surveyed the Santa Fe trail, great trade route from western Missouri to Santa Fe. Treaties with Kansas and Osage Indians safeguarded the eastern end of the road but Plains Tribes continued to make raids. Fort Zarah, at . . . — Map (db m55315) HM
Kansas (Barton County), Great Bend — Great Bend AAF Ground Training Unit
In memory of the officers & men of the Great Bend Ground Training Unit; Celestial Navigation, Link & Bomb Trainers 1943 - 1945 — Map (db m64282) WM
Kansas (Barton County), Great Bend — Honey - V■42 73rd Bomb Wing 499th Bomb Group 879th Bomb Squadron —
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Kansas (Barton County), Great Bend — Jack Kilby
Tribute to Jack Kilby There was a time when engineers who improved our daily lives and spawned global industries achieved enormous prominence and public attention. Henry Ford and his tin lizzie were recognized everywhere. Alexander . . . — Map (db m66174) HM
Kansas (Barton County), Great Bend — Kansas Aviators in the B-29 Program
*Lt R. Nelson Minneapolis, Kansas B-29 Navigator 73rd Bomb Wing Shot Down - March 1945 Beheaded - September 1945 ————————— *S/Sgt L. [Lynn] Barnett Colby, Kansas Flight . . . — Map (db m66880) HM WM
Kansas (Barton County), Great Bend — Kiley's Krew
Bernard Kiley Jr Morris Schuurmans Patrick Conaghan Jr Henry Harper Arthur Richards Edward Tis Cecil Saul Gilbert Dunning Milton Diley James Husted John Herring — Map (db m66245) WM
Kansas (Barton County), Great Bend — Leslie J. Campbell Jr. Brigadier General, USAF Strategic Air Command —
World War II Korea Vietnam Enlisted in USAAF - 1943 Native of Great Bend Distinguished Service Medal - Legion of Merit Distinguished Flying Cross - Air Medal Meritorious Service Medal Air Force Accommendation [sic] Medal Army . . . — Map (db m64275) HM WM
Kansas (Barton County), Great Bend — M/Sgt Robert James Aspinall 313 Bomb Wing 505th Bomb Group 483 & 484 Bomb Squadrons —
Flight Engineer Born March 6, 1920 - Rochester, Wisconsin POW at Fukuoka, Kyushu, Japan Executed - June 20, 1945 — Map (db m64302) WM
Kansas (Barton County), Great Bend — Norman Barker
314th BW 19th BG 33rd Air Meteorological Group Pratt Army Air Field 1944 - 45 — Map (db m66298) WM
Kansas (Barton County), Great Bend — Old-Bitch-U-Airy Bess 58th Bomb Wing 462nd Bomb Group 769th Bomb Squadron —
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Kansas (Barton County), Great Bend — Original B-29 Pilots At Great Bend Army Air Field
Of the 12 original pilots chosen for the B-29 program the following were stationed at Great Bend Army Air Field —————————— Marshall (Moe) Brown Jack Doran Archie Lewis . . . — Map (db m66877) HM WM
Kansas (Barton County), Great Bend — Oscar Micheaux Jan. 2, 1884 - Mar. 25, 1951
Pioneer Black film maker & author A man ahead of his time — Map (db m66190) HM
Kansas (Barton County), Great Bend — Pacific Queen Z-35 73rd Bomb Wing 500th Bomb Group 882nd Bomb Squadron —
Roy H. Bruns Roy B. Brown Harold T. Bohham Victor W. Bailey Laurence A. Dryden Richard H. Beardsley Richard J. Rodrick Victor E. Repp C. "Mike" Williams Herbert C. Dunn Earle M. Bayne — Map (db m64284) WM
Kansas (Barton County), Great Bend — Rover Boys Express 21st Bomber Command 73rd Bomb Wing 499th Bomb Group 878th Bomb Squadron —
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Kansas (Barton County), Great Bend — Site of Fort Zarah 1822 - 1872
on Santa Fe Trail — Map (db m59157) HM
Kansas (Barton County), Great Bend — SSgt Thurman Walling My Dear Kansas Friend
"Lucky Irish" Gunner 73rd BW 497th BG 870th SQ 30 combat missions from Saipan. Enroute home in the famous 52-mission "Dauntless Dottie" which led the first Saipan-Tokoyo [sic] Raid, the plane crashed on Kwajalein, June 7, 1945 In . . . — Map (db m66365) HM WM
Kansas (Barton County), Great Bend — Streetscape
In the history of most successful communities, there have been defining moments. Streetscape served as such a moment for this community. In the wake of the financial adversity of the preceding decade, this community united in common effort to . . . — Map (db m59161) HM
Kansas (Barton County), Great Bend — Talie Ho 58th BW 444th BG 677th BS
Paul J Burnor Kenneth W Fisher John R Brown Harold L Hadden John M Williams Raymond E Nelson Frank O'Neil Ellis W Conrad Frank W Steed Burrel S Lewis James R McFayden — Map (db m66878) WM
Kansas (Barton County), Great Bend — Tamerlane 313th BW 504th BG 398th BS
"The Chief" Hay John Froehlich Frank Pettibone John Pearson James Hunter "Hap" Owens Robert Beals Robert Thill Charles Burton Bill Bostick Al Ruester — Map (db m66368) WM
Kansas (Barton County), Great Bend — The B-29 Memorial
[Panel] 1 The B-29 Memorial Honoring the Past... Educating the Future The B-29 Memorial was built to honor the sacrifices made by people in the past to ensure freedom for future generations. Until the 1990s, the Great Bend Army Air . . . — Map (db m69240) HM
Kansas (Barton County), Great Bend — The Fickle Finger 58th BW 444th BG 676th BS
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Kansas (Barton County), Great Bend — This Is It 58th BW 444th BG 677th BS
John A Dunn* Arwin C Hook* John J Buckley III* Rufus E. S. Henry* Edward C. Johnston John T Juracek Jr* James E O'Donnell Philip Wolk Loney G Boggess Ralph L Heffernan Lloyd G McNamee — Map (db m66269) WM
Kansas (Barton County), Great Bend — Van Wingerden's Crew 58th Bomb Wing 444th Bomb Group 676th Bomb Squadron —
Nicolas Van Wingerden William C Jennings* Wendell F Geiwitz* Albert E Woltz* Uline C Miller Thomas J Maxham* Samuel E Davis* Kenneth C Carlson* Rex T Phelps* Martin T Warner Scott C Baker* — Map (db m64300) WM
Kansas (Barton County), Great Bend — W. M. "Bill" Colvin In Memory Of
Easter Pipeline & Construction Company Ellinwood, Kansas Smoky Hill Army Air Field construction — Map (db m66297) WM
Kansas (Barton County), Great Bend — Walter R. Anderson Washington, Kansas
Second Lieutenant U.S. Army Air Force Navigator B-17 & B-29 2nd Air Force 16th BW - 235th BG — Map (db m66357) HM
Kansas (Barton County), Great Bend — Welch's Wolves 58th Bomb Wing 444th Bomb Group 677th Bomb Squadron —
Thomas Welch James Johnson Robert McKay George Glover Charles Vail Robert McInerny Allan Hanson James Jones Walter Grouten James Vasbinder Bob Kilburn Hugh Polson Am Reinhard — Map (db m64286) WM
Kansas (Barton County), Great Bend — Wichita Witch 73rd BW 498th BG 874th BS
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