Fairmont Army Air Field

Fairmont Army Air Field (HM1K3H)

Location: Geneva, NE 68361 Fillmore County
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Country: United States of America
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N 40° 35.819', W 97° 35.671'

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Construction began on the Fairmont Army Air Field September 17, 1942. Located east of here, it was one of eleven built in Nebraska during World War II.
The 1,980-acre field began as a satellite of the Topeka Army Air Base. Early in 1943 the name was changed to Fairmont Army Air Field. A short-lived training school gave way to the 451st Bombardment Group, which arrived in September 1943. Other groups were the 485th, 504th, 16th, 98th, 467th and 489th. Hangers of various sizes housed B-24s, B-17s, and B-29s. Extensive concrete runways and other structures were built. The field had barracks for nearly 6,000 officers and enlisted men. Its 350-bed hospital was the largest in Nebraska.
In September 1944 Lt. Col. Paul Tibbets visited Fairmont and selected the 393rd Bomb Squadron of the 504th to join the 509th Composite Group at Wendover Field, Utah. This group dropped both atomic bombs on Japan.
The field was declared surplus in the spring of 1946.
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HM NumberHM1K3H
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Marker Number360
Placed ByNebraska State Historical Society, the Fillmore County Historical Society and the 451st Bombardment Group (H) Ltd., Robert M. Karstensen, Sr., President
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Date Added Tuesday, April 21st, 2015 at 6:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14T E 618922 N 4494969
Decimal Degrees40.59698333, -97.59451667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 35.819', W 97° 35.671'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 35' 49.14" N, 97° 35' 40.26" W
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Area Code(s)402
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Rd H, Geneva NE 68361, US
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