NAS Lincoln

Avengers, Corsairs, and some KC-97’s in the photos taken on the West side of the airport.  In addition, there’s one lone T-6 Texan.  The KC-97’s were the first to arrive at the air base in the middle fifties and the Navy utilized the old WW2 hangars on the west side of the field.


Some photos from http://www.lincolnafb.org

 

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LAFB Douglas C-47B-15-DK 43-49507

Mr. Marion Brown contacted me today (February 15, 2019) to give me the information he has gathered on the C-47 (Douglas C-47B-15-DK) gate guardian in the photo below.  This is the C-47 that was on display at Lincoln Air Force Base.

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It’s great to hear the aircraft is still around.  It’s actually in the Air Force Museum in Dayton Ohio.  The history of the aircraft from James Baugher’s website is:

49507 (MSN 26768) 11/44: TOS USAAF.

By 1/47:  233rd Base Unit, Ft. Worth Army Air Field, TX.

                                      9/18/47: TOS USAF

                                      Ca.1954: converted to C-47D.

                              

1950s: 307th Bomb Wing (Medium), Lincoln AFB, NE.

By 1970: 834th Tactical Composite Wing, Hurlburt Field, FL.  Jun 30, 1975 transferred to WPAFB Museum (painted as C-47A 43-15174).  Was last C-47 in USAF service and had 20821 hours total time.

1987: Restored in the markings of 43-15174 of the 88th Troop Carrier Squadron, 438th Troop Carrier Group, 53rd Troop Carrier Wing, US 9th Air Force. 

After 2010: Markings were changed to represent the C-47A flown by 2nd Lt. Gerald C. Berry of 91st Troop Carrier Squadron 439th Troop Carrier Group, to recover gliders on D-Day.

 

The Air Force Museum has the following information on the aircraft:

The C-47D on display, the last C-47 in routine USAF use, flew to the museum in 1975. It is painted and marked to represent the C-47A flown by 2nd Lt. Gerald “Bud” C. Berry of the 91st Troop Carrier Squadron, 439th Troop Carrier Group, to recover gliders used in the invasion of France on D-Day, June 6, 1944. “Snatched” from the ground in Normandy, the gliders were towed back to England for reuse. On March 22, 1945, Lt. Berry used that aircraft to “snatch” a glider filled with wounded soldiers at Remagen, Germany.

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Update on Lincoln’s Corsair

I found a photo of the Navy F9F Cougar aircraft that was on display in Pioneers Park in Lincoln, Nebraska, for a while.  The gentleman in the photo is Bob Miller, a Pioneers Park worker, according to the Lincoln Journal Star.  This aircraft was procured as a replacement of the Corsair.

Appears the wings were chopped off, indicating this photo may have been taken after it’s removal from the park.  Photo date is approximately 1978.

Navy BuNo is 146417 which makes it a Grumman F9F-8T Cougar, Model G-105. Redesignated TF-9J in 1962.  337 of this model were built. VT-25 was a navy training squadron.

Photo credit the Lincoln Journal Star.

Pioneer Park F9F from LJS

146416 in Navy service at Naval Air Station Glenview.  Ken Stoltzfus Collection, www.john2031.com, used by permission.

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It’s sister ship, 146416, survives today in McMinnville, Oregon.

LAFB Airplanes

KC-97

KC-97 on display at the Lincoln Air Force Base during the early 1960’s.  Always wondered what happened to this airplane and the others that were on display at the base.  There was a B-47, a T-33, a F-86, a F-89, and a C-47.  I believe the F-86 went to the Nebraska Air National Guard and is now on display there.  Photos to follow on those.

 

Lincoln Army Air Base – 11/19/1942

A photo showing the Lincoln Army Air Base on November 19, 1942, looking East.  No aircraft appear to be stationed here as of yet.  At this point Oak Creek has been redirected to run parallel with the main North/South road, which today is named NW 38th Street.  The four main aircraft hangars are in place, as well as the church.  Several barracks are set up on both sides of the creek.  Huskerville is shown in the lower left section of the photo.  The Southern most road is currently West Mathis Street, named after Jack W. Mathis.  The streets were named after MOH recipients during the Lincoln AFB days.  The road that runs southwest to northeast is now located within the airport boundary.  A section of this road is still there and is used as an airport access road.  After the base was closed, the barracks were sold off at auction and bought up my many farmers to use for storage, etc.  Arnold Elementary School is now built where Huskerville used to be located.  Oak Creek was again redirected during the 1950’s to make room for a longer runway when the air force base was constructed.  The east road and railroad tracks were moved during the 1950’s, too.  The last two remaining storage buildings, located in the left center of the photo, were removed just a few years ago.  The City of Lincoln can be seen in the upper right of the photo as well as West Lincoln.

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Major Richard D. Weast

Dick lived in my hometown in Kansas, so this is not Nebraska aviation related, but a nice story.  Dick was one of those World War Two veterans who rarely talked about their experience in the war.  As a high school student, I worked in a gas station when they were full service, and Dick would stop by once a week for me to fill up his little green MG.  I talked with Dick many times and he never mentioned that he was a P-51 pilot in the war.  My dad told me later that Dick was a pilot.  I questioned him next time I saw him and he gave me a couple photos of him during the war.  Luckily I kept them and after going through a box of photos, I found the one here.  It shows Dick and his F-6 (a photo recon verions of the P-51) named “Mazie, Me and Monk.”  I regret I never asked him what that meant.

Dick would have been in his mid to late 50’s when I knew him and he worked at the local rock quarry.

“Mazie, Me and Monk” was also the mount of Capt. E. B. “Blacky” Travis (9th Air Force, probably the 9th Recon Group), who earned a Silver Star (General Order No. 44, 1945) when he flew this mustang over the Battle of the Bulge to take photos for General Patton.

  • Major Richard Dean Weast, USAAF
  • Born November 20, 1920
  • Died February 25, 1998
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Guessing was around ’44-’45 so Dick would have been 23-24 years old in the photo.

Dick’s gravestone and marker: