Near Clermont in Lake County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Dean R. Gilmore
Topics. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: Air & Space • War, World II.
Location. 28° 27.71′ N, 81° 44.888′ W. Marker is near Clermont, Florida, in Lake County. Marker is located on the beach of Lake Louisa, in Lake Louisa State Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Clermont FL 34714, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The History of Groveland High School (approx. 9.3 miles away); Montverde Academy (approx. 10.4 miles away); The Liberty Bell (approx. 10˝ miles away); The Liberty Tree (approx. 10˝ miles away); Harper House (approx. 10.7 miles away); Brick Road (approx. 10.7 miles away); Green Pond Baptist Church and Cemetery (approx. 11 miles away); Pounds Motor Company (approx. 12.1 miles away).
More about this marker. The access road to Lake Louisa State Park is 2 miles south of the intersection of Lake Louisa Road and US 27. Marker is about 3 miles west of US 27.
Regarding Dean R. Gilmore.
Text from a nearby marker seen in photo #3
A Fallen Hero
Late in the afternoon of November 14, 1944, Army First Lieutenant Dean R. Gilmore took off from Bartow Army Air Field with a flight of five P-51 Mustangs. As flight instructor, he was leading the group on a low-altitude training exercise. His plane crashed into the lake, killing him instantly. It was his twenty-third birthday.
Wreckage from the plane was discovered in June, 2001, when the lake level was low. Through markings on his plane, military records, and local witnesses it was confirmed that the aircraft was Lt. Gilmore's.
A member of the 111th Reconnaissance Squadron, Lt. Gilmore was a veteran of ninety-one World War II missions in Africa, Sicily, and Italy. On March 15, 1944, he flew through anti-aircraft fire
Lt. Gilmore stands proudly in front of his P-51 Mustang, “Super Snooper.” A red and white octopus is painted on the plane’s nose.
Dean Gilmore was always fascinated with flight. While training at Marianna Army Field in northwest Florida, he described a plane as…the sweetest flying airplane in the world…and we all loved to fly it. You can do slow rolls, loops, or anything, and continue until you are bored.
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