Filed Under Lewistown

Crew Chief Building

Lewistown Satellite Airfield Historic District

The mechanics that kept the heavy four-engine bombers, known as “flying fortresses,” aloft and the crew chiefs that coordinated the efforts of their teams had offices in this building. The squadrons that trained at Lewistown, Glasgow, and Cut Bank and at army headquarters in Great Falls were engaged in regular training flights monitoring the accuracy of the navigators and promoting teamwork among the crews. Each man had to learn his own job and that of his fellow crewmembers to ensure effective mass tactics. A corporal succinctly stated the mission of the airfield: “This is a place where we will learn to work together, play together, live together, fight together, and if necessary die together.”

Images

Crew Chief Building Crew Chief Building. View of the west side of the building. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office Creator: Dave Byerly Date: Spring 1999
Crew Chief Building Crew Chief Building. View of the north side of the building. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office Creator: Dave Byerly Date: Spring 1999
Crew Chief Building Crew Chief Building. View of the south side of the building. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office Creator: Dave Byerly Date: Spring 1999
Crew Chief Building Crew Chief Building. View of the east side of the building. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office Creator: Dave Byerly Date: Spring 1999

Location

Lewistown Municipal Airport, Lewistown, Montana | Private

Metadata

The Montana National Register Sign Program, “Crew Chief Building,” Historic Montana, accessed December 3, 2022, https://historicmt.org/items/show/370.