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Pyote Army Airfield

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Pyote Army Air Field was established as a B-17 Flying Fortress crew training base during World War II. Initially newly established bomber groups were trained at Pyote, then it was switched to training replacement aircrew members that were deployed to combat units overseas. Initially, Pyote Army Airbase was assigned to Second Air Force, then in April 1944 to USAAF Continental Air Forces training command. Two main runways, each about 8,000 feet long and 150 feet wide, and a taxiway formed a triangle pattern on the flat, arid land. Construction of the facilities, including five large hangars, shops, warehouses and living quarters, began on 5 September 1942.

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  • Kenneth Bell

    Military | Master Sergeant | Armament Chief | 381st Bomb Group
    Original member 381st Bomb Group, Pyote, Texas

  • Lee Bevers

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Lee Alfred Bevers was the eldest of eight children born to Arthur and Gladys (Daily) Bevers near Rauville,SD, in rural Codington County on April 22, 1920. He grew up on several farms in Codington and Hamlin Counties. He often remarked that he lived his...

  • John Chopelas

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator | 452nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 728BS, 452BG, 8AF USAAF. 33 x combat missions. Ended Tour Duty (ETD). Awards: DFC, AM (2OLC), PH, WWII Victory, EAME (3 battle stars).

  • John Daly

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA)

  • William Evans

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    On 11 April 1944 plane 'Tenny Belle' exploded mid-air near Downham Market, England and he was the only survivor.

  • Gilbert Falck

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    December 7, 1941 Pearl Harbor attacked by Japanese; April 21, 1942 Joined Army Air Corps; October 20, 1942 Left home for cadet training at San Francisco, TX; ...

  • Nick Hahn

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Marelius, R. Crew (ETO November 1944 - May 1945)

  • Frank Hearne

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). Plane exploded mid-air near Downham Market, England.

  • Joseph Jennings

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier; Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Joe Jennings served as a bombardier and navigator with the 525th Bomb Squadron of the 379th Bomb Group, flying missions out of Kimbolton, England. While Joe is at Alconbury receiving Radar training, he learns about the crash of April 11 that kills John...

  • George Kesselring

    Military | Major | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    George Kesselring served as a B-17 pilot with the 91st Bomb Group at Bassingbourn, England. One of his aircraft was nicknamed "Sweet 17". In total, George flew 35 missions during World War II. Dates of service: 1942-1963

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  • 40-3097 The Swoose

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    LONGEST SERVING B-17 in USAAF. Assigned 14BS/11BG (#21 on tail) then 19BG Hickam Field 14-May-41; Clark Field, Philippines 17-Oct-41 with Henry Godman, Bob Clinkscales, Carl Epperson, John Wallach, Coley James, Norman Michelson, Herb Weist, Junior...

  • 41-2453

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered MacDill 25/12/41; Assigned 7BG Java 31/1/42 with Rouse, then 28BS-30BS/19BG Hickam; Returned to the USA Hamilton 19/11/42; Pocatello 28/11/42; Oklahoma City 12/12/42; Pyote 19/1/43 where involved in taxi accident 19/2/43 with Elmer Nardi;...

  • 41-2486

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Langley 31/12/41; Assigned 64BS/43BG Java 7/2/42 with Beck; (used in McArthur's 1st rescue attempt-aborted); transferred 30BS/19BG RAAF Pearce, Aus. 1/3/42; then 9BS/7BG; Daly Waters, Aus 5/42; Returned to the USA Pyote, Tex 10/42;...

  • 41-2538

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Geiger 29/1/42; Tucson 7/2/42; Cheyenne 1/5/42; Salt Lake City 1/6/42; Wendover, Ut. 10/6/42; Westover 11/8/42; Boise 12/8/42; Memphis 6/9/42; Pyote 14/1/43; Barksdale, La. 27/2/43; to Lockbourn, force landed base with John Durisko (?Roscoe...

  • 41-2568

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Barksdale 9/2/42; Cheyenne 23/5/42; Boise 21/6/42; McChord 20/7/42; Boise 12/8/42; Oklahoma City 5/12/42; Pyote 11/1/43; Tinker 31/1/43; Lockbourn 30/3/43; with George Burns force landed base 18/9/43; with Ken Zinnecker force landed base 11/4...

  • 41-2592

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Pendleton; Cheyenne 6/5/42; Alamogordo 19/6/42; Eglin 18/8/42; Assigned 30BS/19BG Pyote 11/1/43; crash landed base and burnt out with Joe Finnegan 22/2/43, Written off.

  • 41-2594

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered MacDill 24/2/42; Cheyenne 23/5/42; Assigned 91BG Walla Walla 21/6/42; Pocatello 6/11/42; 19BG Pyote 11/1/43; 1497 AF Gp Lockbourn 25/2/43; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Walnut Ridge 13/11/45.

  • 41-2669

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Minneapolis 11/3/42; Assigned 19BG Hawaii 4/5/42; retUS Pocatello 28/11/42; Oklahoma City 12/12/42; Pyote 19/1/43; Lockbourn 26/2/43; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Altus 9/10/45.

  • 41-9033

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Sebring 19/3/42; Pyote 18/4/42; Hendricks 19/4/42; Written off 5/7/44.

  • 41-9137

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered MacDill 29BG 1/5/42; Boise 21/6/42; Ogden 6/7/42; Oklahoma City 19BG 14/12/42; Pyote 11/1/43; Written off 4/5/43.

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Date Contributor Update
23 March 2018 17:17:35 Lucy May Changes to aircraft associations

Connected aircraft records that have the word 'Pyote' in their biography fields.

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22 March 2018 16:25:20 Jennings Changes to media associations

Joseph W Jennings Military Papers - 1943-1945

Date Contributor Update
20 March 2018 15:56:19 TennyBelle Changes to known as

added nickname

Date Contributor Update
20 March 2018 15:40:42 TennyBelle Created entry with name, latitude, longitude, usaaf from date, usaaf to date, construction date, closure date, history and person associations