Sioux City council to consider removal of 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 is expected to consider a proposal Monday 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 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.

The chapel would be moved off airport property, and a nonprofit group would take ownership and maintain it at a new location as a memorial and make it available for event rentals. However, the nonprofit group has not been fully formed and would need to raise funds to take over ownership of the chapel.

The group interested in the chapel is not financially able to accept the housing project, which could face demolition.