Alaska Siberia World War II Memorial - Fairbanks, Alaska
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
N 64° 50.719 W 147° 43.018
6W E 465995 N 7191408
Quick Description: Memorial honoring the pilots who flew aircraft from continental United States to Siberia via Alaska as part of the Lend-Lease program during World War II.
Location: Alaska, United States
Date Posted: 2/26/2011 7:28:54 PM
Waymark Code: WMAV9X
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member GT.US
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Long Description:

The memorial has bronze statues of U.S. and Soviet pilots wearing cold weather clothing standing in front of a granite backdrop with a bronze propeller. The memorial is located in Griffin Park in downtown Fairbanks. The park is located along the Chena and has paved walking trails through it, the trails connect to Golden Heart Plaza, another park along the river. The memorial is inscribed:

Alaska
Siberia
WWII

 The structure of world peace cannot be the
work of one man, or one party, or one
nation... it must be a peace which rests on
The cooperative effort of the whole world.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, March 1, 1945
Address to Congress on the Yalta Converence.

From plaque:

We Flew In The Same Sky
The Alaska-Siberia Airway -- 1942-1945

This monuent commemorates the flights of American planes from the continental United States via Alaska to Siberia, as authorized by the Lend-Lease Act of 1941, an act to promote the defense of the United States.  Between 1942 and 1945, pilots flew the Alaska-Siberia Lend Lease Airway to deliver nearly 8,000 warplanes half way around the world, traversing more than than 12 time zones from Great Falls, Montana to the Russian warfronts.  Much of the route lay over remote and roadless wilderness where pilots made their way in stages from the safety of one hastily built airfield to the next.  Alaska was the exchange location.  United States Army Air Corps pilots from the 7th Ferrying Squadron flew planes from their points of manufacture in the US states to Great Falls, then across Canada to Ladd Field near Fairbanks, Alaska, now Fort Wainwright.  From there, pilots of the USSR Air Force flew the planes over western Alaska and across Siberia to the warfronts.  Due to the severe weather conditions and mechanical problems, 133 airplanes crashed in North America and 44 in Siberia along the Alaska-Siberia Airway.

The heroism of American and Soviet pilots who flew these warplanes from the United States  to the Soviet Union during World War II and all who participated in this endeavor will be always remembered.

There are two other plagues giving history of the effort at home to keep up war production to support the on-going frontline war efforts.

Date of Dedication: 1/1/2006

Property Permission: Public

Access instructions: Public Parking at north end of the park.

Commemoration: Honoring the pilots who flew aircraft along the Alaska-Siberia Airway in World War II

Access times: Not listed

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