Airbase Arizona Mesa, AZ
2017 N. Greenfield Road
Mesa, AZ 85215
On January 14, 1978, at a membership banquet for the newly formed Arizona Wing of the Commemorative Air Force, Colonel Mike Clarke announced the donation of a B-17G aircraft to the CAF for assignment to the Arizona unit.
B-17 Flying Fortress Sentimental Journey More Sentimental Journey Info
Sentimental Journey was originally manufactured and delivered to the U.S. Army Air Forces for war service in 1944 where she flew missions in the Pacific Theater. After the war she flew for training, testing and at-sea rescue missions and was eventually sold for surplus and used as a fire bomber. In 1978 the aircraft was purchased by a Commemorative Air Force (CAF) member and donated to the newly formed Arizona unit of the world-famous CAF. She was meticulously restored and is today maintained in tip-top condition and operated by all-volunteer crews from the membership of CAF Airbase Arizona.
B-25 Mitchell Made in the Shade More Made in the Shade Info
B-25J Mitchell “Maid in the Shade” was built in early 1944. She’s very rare – one of 34 B-25Js still flying. Nearly 10,000 were produced.
Used mainly as a low altitude strafe and skip bomber. Was used in America’s first large-scale bombing offensive in the Philippines - sunk 8 ships and shot down 5 planes.
Combat History – Based out of Serraggia Airbase, Corsica from Nov 1 – Dec 31, 1944.
- 57th Bomb Wing o 319th Bomb Wing o 437th Squadron
- Combat missions flown:
- 13 over Italy
- 2 over Yugoslavia