World War II Bombers at the Sioux City Army Airbase

B-29 public display event at Sioux City Army Air Base, circa 1946. -- SIOUX CITY PUBLIC MUSEUM

B-29 public display event at Sioux City Army Air Base, circa 1946.

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The Sioux City Air National Guard Base at the Sioux Gateway Airport originated as the Sioux City Army Airbase during World War II.

Construction of the base began just three months after the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the United States' entry into the war, and was completed in July 1942. The base specialized in advanced training and was the last stop for many air crews before being deployed overseas in heavy bombers like the B-17 Flying Fortress, pictured below, which was used extensively in Europe; the B-24 Liberator, which was used all over the world; or, later in the war, the B-29 Superfortress, pictured above, which was used exclusively in the Pacific. 

Mechanics working on a B-17 at the Sioux City Army Air Base, 1944. -- SIOUX CITY PUBLIC MUSEUM

Mechanics working on a B-17 at the Sioux City Army Air Base, 1944.

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Dwarfed by the heavy bombers described above, the base also hosted the popular and versatile P-51 Mustang, pictured below, which was used in a variety of roles such as an escort for larger planes, a combat fighter, or a light bomber.

P-51 pilots on the apron at Sioux City Army Air Base, circa 1945. -- SIOUX CITY PUBLIC MUSEUM

P-51 pilots on the apron at Sioux City Army Air Base, circa 1945.

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The base changed hands multiple times throughout World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War, and has been operated by the Iowa National Guard since 1968.

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