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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Lubbock in Lubbock County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Dagley Field

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Photographed By Allen Lowrey, March 10, 2021
1. Dagley Field Marker

Aircraft vastly changed the face of war and Dagley Field played a part in that transformation. As tensions mounted in the late 1930s, the United States created the Civilian Pilot Training Program (CPTP), administered by the Civil Aeronautics Administration. This program offered college students classroom instruction and flight time. The classes eliminated those who lacked potential and ensured that only qualified candidates trained to be army or navy pilots.

Texas Technological College in Lubbock trained about 6,500 CPTP and Pre-Flight students in the 309th College Training Detachment (Aircrew) from September 1939 to June 1944. Half of these students flew at Dagley Field. The airport was located on 34th Street and extended one-half mile west from Quaker Avenue to Utica Avenue and then south to 42nd Street. It consisted of four dirt runways and one 140-foot long hangar, which served as an office, workshop and doping room.

Maenard F. "Dag" Dagley moved his flying service onto this quarter-section of land after the U.S. Army Air Forces moved into the Lubbock Municipal Airport in June 1942. In March 1943, Dagley himself was called into

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Photographed By Allen Lowrey, March 10, 2021
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wartime service, and Clent Breedlove of Breedlove Aerial Service assumed responsibility for the students. Training ended on June 30, 1944, and the airfield name changed to Lubbock Aero Field, offering private lessons and charter flights.

Due to a welding accident, the hangar burned on April 29, 1945. After the war ended and the demand for trained pilots decreased, the field closed. In late 1946, long-time property owner Samuel D. Baggett subdivided the land into commercial and residential lots, naming the new addition College Heights. Later, Stubbs Elementary School opened and served the children of Lubbock until 2001.
Erected 2017 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 18809.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EducationIndustry & CommerceWar, World II. A significant historical month for this entry is March 1943.
Location. 33° 33.784′ N, 101° 54.699′ W. Marker is in Lubbock, Texas, in Lubbock County. Marker is at the intersection of 34th Street and Toledo Avenue, on the right when traveling east on 34th Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lubbock TX 79410, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Arnett House (approx. 1½ miles away); a different marker also named Arnett House (approx. 1½ miles away); Monterey High School

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(approx. 1.7 miles away); Texas Tech Dairy Barn (approx. 2.3 miles away); Texas Tech University Dairy Barn (approx. 2.3 miles away); Locomotive (approx. 2.3 miles away); Hoffman Barn (approx. 2.3 miles away); Ropes Depot (approx. 2.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lubbock.
Credits. This page was last revised on March 16, 2021. It was originally submitted on March 14, 2021, by Allen Lowrey of Amarillo, Texas. This page has been viewed 139 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 14, 2021, by Allen Lowrey of Amarillo, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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