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Arcadia in DeSoto County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Arcadia Oak Ridge Cemetery

 
 
Arcadia Oak Ridge Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, July 19, 2017
1. Arcadia Oak Ridge Cemetery Marker
Inscription. During the Second World War, the Arnold Plan established six British Flying Training Schools in the United States where Royal Air Force cadets could receive primary flight training under civilian instruction. Many of the thousands of cadets who passed through these schools graduated as pilots and went on to see operational duties in Europe.

No 5 BFTS was established at Carlstrom and Clewiston in Florida, where 23 cadets lost their lives during training. Their graves in this cemetery are cared for by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. The Commission is responsible for the maintenance of graves and memorials for 1,700,000 members of the Commonwealth forces who died in the two world wars in some 150 countries. The war dead commemorated here and elsewhere are of several faiths and of none.
 
Location. 27° 13.562′ N, 81° 52.228′ W. Marker is in Arcadia, Florida, in DeSoto County. Marker can be reached from Levines Street west of North Johnson Avenue. Touch for map. Oak Ridge Cemetery access is on Levines Street. Marker is in this post office area: Arcadia FL 34266, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The British Plot (here, next to this marker); Florida Baptist Orphanage
Arcadia Oak Ridge Cemetery Marker with the British Plot in background image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, July 19, 2017
2. Arcadia Oak Ridge Cemetery Marker with the British Plot in background
(approx. 0.7 miles away); Arcadia City Hall (approx. 0.8 miles away); Arcadia Historic District (approx. one mile away); DeSoto County (approx. 1.1 miles away); Owens Community School (approx. 5 miles away); Fort Ogden (approx. 11.2 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Oak Ridge Cemetery. (Submitted on December 1, 2017, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.)
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesWar, World II
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 2, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 30, 2017, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 57 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 30, 2017, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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