Historic Markers Across South Carolina

World War II Bombing Ranges

Marker ID: SCHM 32-36
Location: S.C. Hwy. 6, on the N (Irmo) side of the Lake Murray Dam, Irmo, SC
County: Lexington
Coordinates: N 34° 3.756    W 081° 13.267
  34.0626    -81.22111666
Style: Free Standing **


Lake Murray islands, most notably Lunch Island (since 1945 also called Bomb Island or Doolittle Island), Shull Island, and Dreher Island, were used as bombing ranges during World War II. B-25 crews from the Columbia Army Air Base (now Columbia Metropolitan Airport) flew thousands of training missions here 1942-45.

These islands were used for many types of practice runs, in which crews dropped flare, incendiary, and demolition bombs. Five B-25s ditched or crashed into Lake Murray while training here. Four were salvaged during the war, and the last aircraft, a rare B-25C, was salvaged from the lake in 2005.

Erected by the Lake Murray B-25 Rescue Project, Inc., 2008