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Venice in Sarasota County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Venice Army Air Base

 
 
Venice Army Air Base Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, January 17, 2020
1. Venice Army Air Base Marker
Inscription.  The Venice Army Air Base was initially activated as a Service Group Training Center on July 7, 1942, shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor and the beginning of the U.S. role in World War II. The installation was originally created to train service groups that would deploy to overseas locations to provide maintenance and operations support for air combat units throughout Europe and the Pacific. By the end of the war, nine service groups were processed through the Venice base, including a Chinese-American group later deployed to the China theater of operations. The training center officially became Venice Army Air Field in February 1943 as the primary mission of the base changed to focus on the training of combat fighter pilots for wartime operations. The first fighter pilot training, begun in June 1943, was performed in Bell P-39 Airacobras. As the war evolved, hundreds of new pilots were trained in Curtis-Wright P-40 Warhawks, Republic P-47 Thunderbolts, and finally, in North American P-51 Mustangs. During the war, the base processed more than 20,000 men through the service group and flight training programs. Local residents said that the
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"skies were filled with airplanes."

After reaching a wartime peak strength of almost 6,000 permanently assigned men and women, the base, under the command of the Third Air Force, was ordered to begin closure in October 1945 and ceased operations by the end of December. The airfield was decommissioned and the federal government granted the City of Venice an airport license for the facilities on May 20, 1946. Later, on June 10, 1947, the federal government issued the initial quit claim deed that turned over airfield property and assets to the City of Venice as the designated sponsor for operating and maintaining the airfield as a municipal airport for the Venice area.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & SpaceWar, World II. A significant historical date for this entry is July 7, 1942.
 
Location. 27° 4.689′ N, 82° 26.469′ W. Marker is in Venice, Florida, in Sarasota County. Marker is on Airport Avenue East east of Cockrill Street, on the left when traveling west. Marker is located in a parking lot along the airport boundary fence. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Venice FL 34285, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. 337th Army Air Field Base (here, next to this marker); Venezia Park (approx. one mile away); The Venice-Nokomis Bank (approx. 1.3 miles away);
Venice Army Air Base Marker looking south image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, January 17, 2020
2. Venice Army Air Base Marker looking south
Triangle Inn (approx. 1.3 miles away); Eagle Point Bell (approx. 1.3 miles away); Fred Albee Municipal Airport (approx. 1.4 miles away); Venice Apartment District (approx. 1˝ miles away); Edgewood (approx. 1˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Venice.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 2, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 1, 2020, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 288 times since then and 55 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 1, 2020, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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