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Out of the Morgue

Light at the end of a long European tunnel, paper drives and airpark plans in 1944

The map shows where the newly built Great Bend airport was located in proximity of the U.S. Army air base, where the Great Bend Municipal Airport stands today. The airport was sold by the city and closed because it was too close to the airbase.

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Each week we’ll take a step back into the history of Great Bend through the eyes of reporters past. We’ll reacquaint you with what went into creating the Great Bend of today, and do our best to update you on what “the rest of the story” turned out to be.

On Monday, Aug. 14, 1944, people came home from work and were greeted with the news:  “Allied flags fly over part of Paris as Montgomery says end of war in sight.”
“American tanks had thrust into sectors on opposite sides of Paris today and Gen. Sir Bernard L ...

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