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320th Bombardment Group (M)

 
 
320th Bombardment Group (M) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, April 24, 2014
1. 320th Bombardment Group (M) Marker
Inscription.  When Drane Field opened during World War II, the first combat-bound Air Force unit to train here was the 320th Bombardment Group (M), flying B-26 Marauder medium bombers. The Group arrived here August 7, 1942, after having been activated at MacDill Field, Tampa, on June 17, 1942, Commanding Officer was Lt. Col. John A. Hilger, who had just returned from the mission with the "Doolittle Raiders" bombing Tokyo. Squadrons assigned to the 320th were the 441st, 442nd, 443rd and 444th. First personnel left Drane on August 28, 1942. The Group compiled a heroic record overseas in the Mediterranean Theatre and earned the Presidential Distinguished Unit Citation.
 
Erected 1980 by The City of Lakeland, Florida, in Cooperation with The 320th Bombardment Group (M) Reunion Association.
 
Location. 27° 59.681′ N, 82° 0.861′ W. Marker is in Lakeland, Florida, in Polk County. Marker can be reached from Don Emerson Drive 0.1 miles south of Drane Field Road (State Road 572) when traveling south. Marker is in front of the terminal at Lakeland
320th Bombardment Group (M) Marker with terminal in background image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, April 24, 2014
2. 320th Bombardment Group (M) Marker with terminal in background
Linder Airport. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3900 Don Emerson Dr, Lakeland FL 33811, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Polk County Confederate Monument (approx. 4.3 miles away); Thomas B. Mack Park (approx. 4 miles away); The Frank Lloyd Wright Campus of Florida Southern College (approx. 4.7 miles away); The Oates Building (approx. 4.8 miles away); Second Mass. Infantry Camp (approx. 4.8 miles away); Polk Theatre and Office Building (approx. 4.8 miles away); The Women's Club of Lakeland (approx. 4.9 miles away); The Sorosis Club Building (approx. 5 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lakeland.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 27, 2016, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 243 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 27, 2016, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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