Historic Markers Across Alabama



The Alabama Air National Guard and the Bay of Pigs Invasion



Marker ID: AHA 
Location: Memorial Park, East Lake Blvd, Birmingham
County: Jefferson
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Waymark: None
 



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Between October 1960 and April 1961, approximately 80 members of the 117th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, Alabama Air National Guard, took leave from their unit to volunteer as B-26 bomber advisors to the Cuban Liberation Air Force in support of an invasion attempt to topple Dictator Fidel Castro. On April 19th, 1961, in a gesture of solidarity with their Cuban-exile pilot trainees, three 2-ship B-26 formations, including 4 volunteers from the 117th, took off from Nicaragua to give aerial support to the Cuban Liberation Air Force and the invading forces of Brigade 2506, also comprised of Cuban exiles. Two pilots of the 117th perished in the Bay of Pigs operation when their B-26's were shot down by Communist T-33's.







End of The Alabama Air National Guard and the Bay of Pigs Invasion