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San Angelo in Tom Green County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

San Angelo Army Air Field

1942 - 1945

— 34th Training Group Bombardier School —

 
 
San Angelo Army Air Field Mural image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., February 9, 2014
1. San Angelo Army Air Field Mural
Inscription.  
Col. George M. Palmer
Commander 1942-45

First training class 42-17 began Sept. 1942. Cadets came from Preflight schools at Ellington Field (Houston) and Santa Ana, Ca.

During WWII the Santa Fe Orient Depot was the train station where many GI's came to and left the training field.

Ground School - 5,381 men trained as bombardiers in forty one different classes.

The secret Norden Bombsight
The Beech Aircraft Corp. AT-11 Bomb Trainer

Airmen delivering the bombsight to bombardier inside the AT-11.
Armed airmen deliver bombsight to trainers
Men at work in the bomb dump

The field closed Nov. 30 1945 and renamed Mathis Field to honor Lt. Jack Mathis a bombardier killed over Germany in 1943.

Midland, Big Spring, and Childress, were the other bombardier training AAC fields in Texas.

Nancy Love Founded the Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron (WAFS) in 1942.

Walt Disney's "Finnella" mascot for the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP)

 
Erected 2012 by Historic Murals of San Angelo, Inc.
 
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This memorial is listed in these topic lists: Air & SpaceMan-Made FeaturesPatriots & PatriotismWar, World II. A significant historical year for this entry is 1942.
 
Location. 31° 27.653′ N, 100° 26.014′ W. Marker is in San Angelo, Texas, in Tom Green County. Memorial is at the intersection of Oakes Street and Concho Avenue, on the left when traveling south on Oakes Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 110 East Concho Avenue, San Angelo TX 76903, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Goodfellow Air Force Base (here, next to this marker); Fort Concho (a few steps from this marker); Blacksmith (within shouting distance of this marker); The Schwartz & Raas and San Angelo National Bank Building (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); O.C. Fisher Federal Building and United States Courthouse (about 400 feet away); San Angelo Lodge No. 570, A.F.&A.M. (about 500 feet away); 1 East Twohig Avenue (about 700 feet away); South Chadbourne 200 Block Early 1900's (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Angelo.
 
Also see . . .
San Angelo Army Air Field Mural Detail image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., February 9, 2014
2. San Angelo Army Air Field Mural Detail

1. City of San Angelo: Airport History. (Submitted on February 21, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. San Angelo Army Air Field, Texas. (Submitted on February 21, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Historic Murals of San Angelo. (Submitted on February 21, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
San Angelo Military Mural image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr.
3. San Angelo Military Mural
Includes Fort Concho, San Angelo Army Air Field, and Goodfellow Air Force Base Murals
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on February 21, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 571 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 21, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   3. submitted on February 20, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

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