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Buckingham Army Air Field Gunnery Ranges

 
 
Buckingham Army Air Field-Gunnery Ranges Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, October 1, 2018
1. Buckingham Army Air Field-Gunnery Ranges Marker
Inscription.  During World War II, nearly 50,000 soldiers earned their wings as aerial gunners at the Buckingham Army Air Field’s (BAAF) Flexible Gunnery School. As one of only six gunnery schools in the United States, BAAF was in operation from 1942 until the end of the war in 1945. At the ranges once located near here, south of State Road 82, trainees were taught the skills needed to protect American bomber planes from enemy attack. Soldiers first learned how to shoot at moving targets from a moving platform. Enclosed in a spinning turret mounted to a truck, the men fired machine guns at unmanned jeeps carrying large white cloth targets that drove along a track inside the range. After ground training, the soldiers practiced firing from aircraft at targets towed by other aircraft. This training provided the soldiers with the skills and knowledge needed to man the many turret and window machine guns on B-17 and B-24 bombers, and successfully defend those bombers in both Europe and the Pacific. These gunnery ranges were an important part of the Buckingham Army Air Field and Florida’s role in training the military personnel who served protecting our nation.
Buckingham Army Air Field-Gunnery Ranges Marker at trail parking image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, October 1, 2018
2. Buckingham Army Air Field-Gunnery Ranges Marker at trail parking

 
Erected 2017 by Lennar Homes, LLC and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-982.)
 
Location. 26° 38.21′ N, 81° 44.312′ W. Marker is near Ft. Myers, Florida, in Lee County. Marker is at the intersection of Buckingham Road and Ada Avenue, on the left when traveling east on Buckingham Road. Located in the parking area of Buckingham Trails Preserve. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8790 Buckingham Road, Fort Myers FL 33905, 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. Buckingham Army Air Field (approx. 1.3 miles away); The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service (approx. 4.6 miles away); The South Florida Ecosystem (approx. 4.6 miles away); Explore Southwest Florida Naturally! (approx. 4.6 miles away); The Florida Manatee (approx. 4.6 miles away); Why do Manatees Come to Manatee Park ? (approx. 4.6 miles away); Other Visitors to Manatee Park (approx. 4.6 miles away); Freshwater Wetlands Habitat (approx. 4.6 miles away).
 
Categories. War, World II
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on December 20, 2018. This page originally submitted on December 16, 2018, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 78 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 16, 2018, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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