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Near Punta Gorda in Charlotte County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Punta Gorda Army Air Field World War II

 
 
Punta Gorda Army Air Field World War II Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Michael Baker
1. Punta Gorda Army Air Field World War II Marker
Inscription.  In May 1942, the Army Air Corps chose this site for the Punta Gorda Army Air Field (PGAAF). Construction began that October at a project cost of $700,000.

The Army Air Corps activated PGAAF on December 11, 1943 with a mission to train pilots for overseas duty. The first student pilots arrived in February 1944. Average class size was 30 students per squadron. This included the 490th Fighter Squadron and the 502nd Fighter-Bomber Squadron. Over 750 student pilots completed 15 weeks of training at the base. There were six training-related deaths. Pilots flew the Curtis P-40 Warhawk and the North American P-51 Mustang.

The Army Air Corps assigned 44 officers and 1,097 enlisted men as permanent staff. The base had 61 service buildings including hangars, repair shops, chapel, theater, mess hall and classrooms. Personnel lived in 268 "hutments" consisting of wooden lower halves and canvas tops.

PGAAF contributed to the victory in the World War II and was deactivated on September 1, 1945, one day before the official surrender of Japan.

Today the Punta Gorda Airport serves the community through both private
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and commercial aviation.
 
Erected 2015 by Charlotte County Board of County Commissioners.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & SpaceWar, World II. A significant historical date for this entry is December 11, 1943.
 
Location. 26° 54.933′ N, 81° 59.849′ W. Marker is near Punta Gorda, Florida, in Charlotte County. Marker can be reached from Airport Road, 0.3 miles east of Piper Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 28000 Airport Rd, Punta Gorda FL 33982, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Indian Spring Cemetery (approx. 2.1 miles away); Charlotte High School (approx. 2.7 miles away); Lt. Carl A. Bailey Cemetery (approx. 2.8 miles away); Howard Homestead/Solana Plat (approx. 2.9 miles away); Punta Gorda Railroad Depot (approx. 3.1 miles away); Bailey Brothers Park (approx. 3.2 miles away); Charlotte County Courthouse (approx. 3˝ miles away); Hector House Plaza: The Founding of Punta Gorda (approx. 3˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Punta Gorda.
 
Punta Gorda Army Air Field World War II Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Michael Baker
2. Punta Gorda Army Air Field World War II Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 23, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 20, 2020, by Michael Baker of Lima, Ohio. This page has been viewed 262 times since then and 73 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 20, 2020, by Michael Baker of Lima, Ohio. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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Jun. 23, 2024