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Louisville in Jefferson County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Bowman Field - East

 
 
Bowman Field - East Marker (Side A) image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, November 28, 2020
1. Bowman Field - East Marker (Side A)
Inscription.  The east side of Bowman Field airport was expanded in 1940 to become the Bowman Field Air Base. It was a training facility with 124 buildings used by the U.S. Army Air Force throughout World War II. One hangar survives. Bowman Field was first used to train bomber crews and later was assigned to the first troop carrier command.

Troop carrier units were organized and combat glider pilots trained at Bowman Field. Only school of Air Evacuation in Air Force here, 1942-44. It taught surgeons, flight nurses, and medical technicians the procedures for the care of patients in the air. Some gave their lives caring for sick and wounded soldiers worldwide.
Presented by WW II Flight Nurses Assoc., Inc.

 
Erected 1992 by Kentucky Historical Society and Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 1901.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & SpaceScience & MedicineWar, World IIWomen. In addition, it is included in the Kentucky Historical Society series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1940.
 
Location.
Bowman Field - East Marker (Side B) image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, November 28, 2020
2. Bowman Field - East Marker (Side B)
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38° 13.721′ N, 85° 39.241′ W. Marker is in Louisville, Kentucky, in Jefferson County. Marker is on Sidney Park Drive west of Cannons Lane, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2730 Cannons Lane, Louisville KY 40205, 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. Rebecca Rosenthal Judah 1866-1932 / National Council of Jewish Women (approx. ¼ mile away); Aero Club of Louisville (approx. 0.3 miles away); Bowman Field (approx. ¾ mile away); Lewis and Clark in Kentucky / Charles Floyd (approx. 0.9 miles away); Floyd's Station (approx. 0.9 miles away); John Floyd's Grave (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Brothers Speed — Joshua and James (approx. 1.3 miles away); Abraham Lincoln & Farmington — 1841 (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Louisville.
 
Also see . . .  Bowman Field Air Base (PDF). Collection of newspaper clippings, photographs, letters and other documents regarding the training base. From Legends of the Flight Nurses of WWII. (Submitted on December 9, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.) 
 
Bowman Field - East Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, November 28, 2020
3. Bowman Field - East Marker
Flight nurses in training at Bowman Field East image. Click for full size.
By U.S. Army Air Force / Public domain, circa 1944
4. Flight nurses in training at Bowman Field East
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 9, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 7, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 37 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 7, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.   3, 4. submitted on December 9, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
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