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Donaldson Air Force Base / Captain John O. Donaldson

 
 
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Photographed By Brian Scott, October 4, 2008
1. Donaldson Air Force Base / Captain John O. Donaldson Marker
Inscription.  
Donaldson Air Force Base
Greenville Army Air Base opened on this site in 1942 and trained B-25 bomber crews during World War II. Emphasizing air transport after 1945 and renamed Donaldson Air Force Base in 1951. It was the home to C-124 transports and called "The Airlift Capital of the World" for its role in the Berlin airlift, Korean War, and Cold War. Closed in 1962, it has been an industrial park since 1963.

Captain John O. Donaldson
John Owen Donaldson (1897-1930) for whom the base was named, grew up in Greenville and attended Furman University and Cornell University before joining the British Royal Air Force in World War I. He became an ace, shooting down eight enemy planes, and was decorated by the United States, Great Britain, and Belgium. Donaldson was killed in a plane crash at an air show in 1930.
 
Erected 2004 by Donaldson Development Commission. (Marker Number 23-26.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & SpaceWar, ColdWar, KoreanWar, World I. A significant historical year for this entry is 1942.
 
Location.
Donaldson Air Force Base / Captain John O. Donaldson Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian Scott, October 4, 2008
2. Donaldson Air Force Base / Captain John O. Donaldson Marker
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34° 45.45′ N, 82° 23.033′ W. Marker is in Greenville, South Carolina, in Greenville County. Marker is on Exchange Street, on the right when traveling east. Marker is located near the intersection of Donaldson Road and Exchange Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Greenville SC 29605, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Donaldson Air Force Base / Captain John O. Donaldson (approx. 1½ miles away); McBee Chapel / McBee Methodist Church (approx. 1.8 miles away); McBee Chapel (approx. 1.8 miles away); Lake Conestee in Transition (approx. 2.1 miles away); Beaver at Lake Conestee (approx. 2.1 miles away); Reedy River Factory (approx. 2.3 miles away); Herbert C. Granger Interchange (approx. 2.9 miles away); Pepper School (approx. 3.8 miles away); Garrison Cemetery (approx. 4.1 miles away); Mauldin United Methodist Church (approx. 4.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Greenville.
 
Regarding Donaldson Air Force Base / Captain John O. Donaldson. Today's Donaldson Center sits on over 2600 acres and is home to more than 70 businesses and an airport.
 
Also see . . .  John Owen Donaldson Biography. (Submitted on October 5, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
 
Donaldson Center Airport Tower image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian Scott, October 4, 2008
3. Donaldson Center Airport Tower
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 9, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 5, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 7,850 times since then and 188 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 5, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.

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Aug. 8, 2022