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San Diego: Birthplace of Naval Aviation

The War Years 1941 - 1945

 
 
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By Denise Boose, June 21, 2015
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Inscription. When war was declared in 1941, the city's civilian population exploded by more than 50,000 as workers streamed into the city. Transportation and housing facilities were soon overwhelmed. Trailers crowded once-empty land on the outskirts of the city. Homes for 3,000 families were built by the government on nearby mesas.

Aircraft carriers loaded squadrons of aircraft and men aboard at North Island before racing off to flight battles in the Pacific. In their absence, replacement aircraft continuously arrived and new pilots were trained day and night, 7 days a week to replace those lost in battle.
 
Erected by USS Midway Museum.
 
Location. 32° 42.819′ N, 117° 10.608′ W. Marker is in San Diego, California. Marker is on N Harbor Dr, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Located on the flight deck of the USS Midway Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 910 N Harbor Dr, San Diego CA 92101, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers
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By Denise Boose, June 21, 2015
2. San Diego: Birthplace of Naval Aviation Marker
are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named San Diego: Birthplace of Naval Aviation (here, next to this marker); Clifton A. F. Sprague, Vice Admiral, USN (approx. 0.2 miles away); United States Aircraft Carrier Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Tuna Fleet Service, World War II (1941-1945) (approx. ¼ mile away); USS San Diego Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); Lane Field Ballpark Site (approx. 0.3 miles away); La Punta De Los Muertos (approx. 0.4 miles away); San Diego Barracks (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Diego.
 
Categories. War, World II
 
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By Denise Boose, June 21, 2015
3. San Diego: Birthplace of Naval Aviation Marker
Naval aircraft filled the skies over San Diego. TBFs, SBDs, F4F, and F6Fs were stationed at six naval air stations surrounding the city. Catalina and Coronado flying boats took off and landed in the bay while blimps stationed a few miles north of San Diego Bay patrolled the coastline looking for enemy submarines said to be lurking there. By the end of the war, San Diego's population had doubled standing at 600,000 and the city was a major economic center on the west coast.
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By Denise Boose, June 21, 2015
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Aircraft workers labored at the Consolidated Aircraft assembly plant to build fighters and bombers to support the war effort.
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By Denise Boose, June 21, 2015
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Navy recruits practiced military formations and learned how to climb Jacob's Ladders during their training at the Naval Training Center.
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By Denise Boose, June 21, 2015
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Carriers of Admiral "Bull" Halsey's Third Fleet led the battle group cruising off Japan in August 1945.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 9, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 6, 2017, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. This page has been viewed 46 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on November 6, 2017, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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