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Capitol Hill in Tallahassee in Leon County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Sarasota County

Florida World War II Memorial

 
 
Sarasota County Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon D Cross, November 13, 2022
1. Sarasota County Marker
Inscription.  
Sarasota County

The 97th Bomb Group, U.S. Army Air Corps arrived in Sarasota, FL
on March 29, 1942 with four squadrons and all service units.

The 97th trained in Sarasota until deployed to England on
May 14, 1942. The 97th was the first U.S. bomb group in England
and the first Americans in American planes to fly high altitude
bombing raids.

Captain Paul Tibbets, Jr., commander of one of the 97th Squadrons,
while in Sarasota, flew the lead. He later gained fame when
he flew the Enola Gay, named after his mother, to Hiroshima.

In the heart of Sarasota County, Venice Army Air Base and its
station hospital were established, housing over 6,000 troops and
serving a three county area. Over 20,000 American, British and
Chinese P-39, P-40, P-47 and P-51 Mustang fighter pilots were trained
there, including the all-Chinese 14th Service Group founded at the
request of Madam Chiang Kai-Shek.

 
Erected 2005 by The State of Florida.
 
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lists: Air & SpaceWar, World II. A significant historical date for this entry is May 14, 1942.
 
Location. 30° 26.264′ N, 84° 17.069′ W. Marker is in Tallahassee, Florida, in Leon County. It is in Capitol Hill. Memorial is on South Bronough Street, 0.1 miles south of West Pensacola Avenue, on the right when traveling south. Marker located in front of the R. A. Gray Building. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 500 S Bronough Street, Tallahassee FL 32399, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. St. Lucie County (here, next to this marker); Putnam County (here, next to this marker); Sumter County (here, next to this marker); Palm Beach County (here, next to this marker); Pinellas County (here, next to this marker); Taylor County (here, next to this marker); Orange County (here, next to this marker); Okaloosa County (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tallahassee.
 
Also see . . .
1. Sarasota Army Airfield Training Footage and Home Movies. (Submitted on November 17, 2022, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida.)
2. State of Florida Veterans’ Memorials. (Submitted on November 17, 2022, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida.)
 
Sarasota County Marker (center) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon D Cross, November 13, 2022
2. Sarasota County Marker (center)
Captain Paul Tibet’s Jr., 97th Bomb Group image. Click for full size.
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3. Captain Paul Tibet’s Jr., 97th Bomb Group
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 12, 2023. It was originally submitted on November 17, 2022, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 65 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 17, 2022, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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