Myrtle Beach in Horry County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
In March 1942, units of the United States Army Air Corps opened formal operations at what was named the Myrtle Beach Bombing and Gunnery Training Range, which also encompassed the Beach airport.
Construction began to meet the urgent needs for combat air crew training. A "wooden city" soon began to take shape in the form of offices, barracks, a hospital and various maintenance and training facilities Humorously, and with a touch of affection, locals began to refer to these wooden structures as "Splinter City." Although crude and impermanent by modern standards, Splinter City allowed the training mission to get fully underway within six months. Several of the wooden buildings were located in the area beginning 1,500 feet southeast of this marker. In 1943, some of the facilities in this area were used to house German prisoners of war.
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Army Air Corps Base Commanders
1942 First Lieutenant Ernest E. Fleming
1942 – 1943 Major Leonard E. Thomas
1943 Lieutenant Colonel Frank J. Seinbenaler
1943 – 1945 Colonel John A. Tarro
1945 Colonel James R. Gunn, Jr.
1945 – 1946 Colonel Richard O. Harrell
1946 Colonel Glen C. Nye
1946 – 1947 Colonel Samuel J. Davis
Location. 33° 39.623′ N, 78° 55.679′ W. Marker is in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, in Horry County. Marker is at the intersection of Farrow Parkway and South Kings Highway, on the right when traveling north on Farrow Parkway. Touch for map. Located in the Warbird Park next to Myrtle Beach International Airport. Marker is in this post office area: Myrtle Beach SC 29577, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Reactivation of 354th Fighter Day Wing (a few steps from this marker); Myrtle Beach Army Air Field / Myrtle Beach Air Force Base (a few steps from this marker); Myrtle Beach Air Force Base 1980 - 1990 (within shouting distance of this marker); 354th Tactical Fighter Wing A-7D (within shouting distance of this marker); 354th Fighter Group History (within shouting distance of this marker); 354th Fighter Group World War II History (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named 354th Fighter Group World War II History (within shouting distance of this marker); Replacement Training Unit (RTU) 1968-1969 (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Myrtle Beach.
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Credits. This page was last revised on March 22, 2017. This page originally submitted on March 22, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 162 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on March 22, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.