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Milwaukie, Oregon: World War II Bomber Gas Station (Gone) Team Field Report

Bomber Restaurant

Was SE of Portland, south of Milwaukie on 99E. From I-205, Milwaukie Exit - Hwy 224, go west to the end and turn south. Right on McLoughlin Blvd., 1.75 mi., plane was on right.

Bomber Gas.

World War II Bomber Gas Station

A surplus B-17 bomber was flown to Milwaukie in 1947 and installed as a canopy over some gas pumps. The bomber was taken down August 13, 2014, now considered to be too valuable to be a gas station awning. Report...

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The Bomber.

World War II Bomber Gas Station

Bomber gas station is still there. Not in the greates of shapes. But is still pretty awesome.

[Greg Van Tuyle, 03/10/2012]

The Lacey Lady is less impressive without her nose and cockpit, but The Bomber Restaurant appears to still have some intent of a restoration and comeback.

Bomber Restaurant.

World War II Bomber Gas Station

Bomber gas station -- gas pumps gone, bomber in disrepair.

[Peter Stromquist, 09/11/2009]

Cruise-In at the Bomber.

World War II Bomber Gas Station

I visited the Bomber Complex (as it is officially named) on July 27th 2008 for their once-yearly cruise-in/car show. The nose section and miscellaneous small exterior parts and panels are still missing, and are currently being restored. Proceeds from outdoor food sales and raffles went towards the ongoing restoration effort.

Each July 4th, they close the restaurant and host an old-fashioned Independence Day celebration, in combination with celebrating the wedding anniversary of Art and Birdine Lacey.

There is a semi-circle of small vintage motel rooms at the back of the complex, which were in use on the day of the car show. I don't know if they are normally open and available to stay in, or were just open for the day of the show.

[Daniel L. Jones, 08/04/2008]

Bomber Restaurant sign.

World War II Bomber Gas Station

When we were there last Spring, the nose cone was in the museum at the back of the property. Although the museum wasn't open when we arrived, the owner, Art Lacey's daughter Punky Scott, opened it just for us and gave us a personal tour.

There is also a restaurant on the property, which has great old WWII photographs and artwork displayed.

[Ann Wilmoth, 03/12/2008]

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