Sioux City council OKs plan to remove WWII airport chapel

The B-17 Flying Fortress "Nine O Nine," B-24 Liberator "Witchcraft," B-25 Mitchell "Tondelayo" bombers, P-51 Mustang "Toulouse Nuts" and P-40 Warhawk "Jaws" fighters, will fly into the Waterloo Regional Airport for a visit from July 22 to July 25. | Courtesy: Collings Foundation
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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - The City Council has approved a proposal for removal of a World War II chapel and airmen's housing project on Sioux City airport land.

The Sioux City Journal reports that the council OK'd a memorandum of agreement Monday between the city, the Federal Aviation Administration and the Iowa State Historic Preservation Office.

The chapel anchors the entrance to Sioux Gateway Airport and is one of the last standing remnants of the wartime air base built for B-17 bomber training.

City documents say the two parcels containing the chapel and housing were developed with uses not compatible with operations of the airport.

Plans say the chapel will be moved off airport property, and a nonprofit group will take ownership and maintain it at a new location as a memorial and make it available for event