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Tallahassee in Leon County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Dale Mabry Field

 
 
Dale Mabry Field Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 7, 2014
1. Dale Mabry Field Marker
Inscription. In October 1940, hundreds of laborers began clearing swampland for temporary quarters for Dale Mabry Army Air Base, named in honor of a young Tallahassee dirigible pilot who died in 1922 after serving in World War I. In 1941, America entered World War II. The need for a place to train pilots prompted the federal government to set a 90-day completion deadline. Eventually, the base became a nearly self-sufficient city, with several runways, barracks, officers’ quarters, mess hall, hangers, a hospital, a church and a bowling alley. Some sections of the base’s asphalt runway are still visible, as are several concrete tie-down pads. Over 8,000 pilots from Europe, China and the United States trained here in P-39s, P-40s, P-47s and P-51s. This marker is at the edge of the NW/SE runway near the point where planes took off or landed. Over a dozen pilots died in accidents while learning how to fire at targets such as a giant, plywood “bull’s eye” at Alligator Point to the south. During 1943, 79,000 family members came to Tallahassee, then a town of 16,000, to visit pilots-in-training. The base was deactivated in 1945 and served as a commercial airport until 1961, when Tallahassee Regional Airport opened.
A Florida Heritage Site

 
Erected 2001 by the Tallahassee
Dale Mabry Field (1942) image. Click for full size.
By USGOV-PD (Public Domain)
2. Dale Mabry Field (1942)
Community College and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-444.)
 
Location. 30° 26.498′ N, 84° 20.313′ W. Marker is in Tallahassee, Florida, in Leon County. Marker can be reached from West Pensacola Street (Florida Route 366) near Appleyard Drive, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Located on Tallahassee Community College under the trees. Marker is at or near this postal address: West Pensacola Street, Tallahassee FL 32310, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mission San Luis (approx. 1.2 miles away); Bellevue (approx. 2.1 miles away); The Florida State University Campus (approx. 2.8 miles away); Jacksonville, Pensacola and Mobile Railroad Company Freight Depot (approx. 3 miles away); Prince And Princess Murat (approx. 3.1 miles away); Major General David Lang (approx. 3.1 miles away); Old City Cemetery (approx. 3.1 miles away); Florida A&M University (approx. 3.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Tallahassee.
 
Also see . . .  Wikipedia article on Dale Mabry Army Airfield. (Submitted on December 10, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. Air & SpaceWar, World II
 
Previous location of Dale Mabry Field & Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 7, 2014
3. Previous location of Dale Mabry Field & Marker
Tallahassee Community College sign nearby. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 7, 2014
4. Tallahassee Community College sign nearby.
View towards intersection of Appleyard Drive & Pensacola Street image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 7, 2014
5. View towards intersection of Appleyard Drive & Pensacola Street
View to the east from marker. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 7, 2014
6. View to the east from marker.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 214 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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