Rattlesnake Bomber Base
Pyote Army Airfield in World War II
By (author) Thomas E. Alexander
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Rattlesnake Bomber Base by Thomas E. Alexander
Book DescriptionIn a remote corner of West Texas in 1942, the dreaded western diamondback rattlesnake, was awarded the unique distinction of having a mighty airfield named in his honor. Although the installation originally bore the official title of Pyote Army Airfield, the massive quantity of serpents encountered during the construction of the base quickly earned it the nickname of "The Rattlesnake Bomber Base." For the thousands of military men and women who served on the airfield and the additional thousands of civilians who worked there, what is now only a ghostly ruin will always be a vibrant and undying monument to a brief time when men and snakes and giant silvery bombers all came together on the West Texas desert to share a legendary chapter of American history. This book tells the story of what happened when an American bomber base aptly named for a serpent arose, Brigadoon-like, from the sun-baked caliche desert located just east of the fabled Pecos River and just west of nearly every place else. Although the huge airfield was eventually to sprawl over nearly three thousand acres of Texas hardscrabble, its important and colorful history should by no means be considered merely a regional wartime episode. What happed at Pyote, Texas, before, during, and after World War II represents instead a microcosm of what took place all across the North American continent.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781880510902
(229mm x 152mm x 15mm)
Imprint: State House Press
Publisher: State House Press
Publish Date: 31-Mar-2005
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Thomas E. Alexander
Echoes of Glory, Paperback (November 2015)
Highlights the hidden gems of Texas history. Echoes of Glory explores two dozen rarely discussed but significant military sites across Texas. From the establishment of a Spanish fortress at San Saba during the mission era to a multimillion-dollar Cold War naval base, readers will find a range of sites and stories to enlighten and entertain.
Stars Were Big and Bright, Paperback (August 2008)» View all books by Thomas E. Alexander
Presents a portrait of Texas during World War II and illustrated how the coming of thousands of strangers in military uniforms forever changed the faces of eight towns and cities across the Lone Star State. This book describes each community, establishing each location's pre-war condition.
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Author Biography - Thomas E. Alexander
Thomas E. Alexander, a commissioner with the Texas Historical Commission, is the author of three other books on Texas military history, including The Wings of Change: The Army Air Force Experience in Texas During World War II, published by McWhiney Foundation Press in 2003. He lives in Kerrville.
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