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Charlestown in Washington County, Rhode Island — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Charlestown Naval Auxiliary Landing Field Memorial

-1943- “Charlietown” -1973-

 
 
Charlestown Naval Auxiliary Landing Field Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 14, 2017
1. Charlestown Naval Auxiliary Landing Field Memorial
Inscription.

In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice for
their country in the recent wars of the United States

Thru these portals pass the hottest pilots in the world

 
Location. 41° 22.339′ N, 71° 39.861′ W. Marker is in Charlestown, Rhode Island, in Washington County. Marker is on Park Lane south of Old Post Road (Rhode Island Route 1A), on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is inside Ninigret Park, near the park entrance. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5 Park Lane, Charlestown RI 02813, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Grumman F6F-5N Hellcat Crash (a few steps from this marker); Liberty Tree Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Ninigret (approx. 1.1 miles away); Fort Ninigret Marker (approx. 1.2 miles away); General Joseph Stanton Monument (approx. 2.8 miles away); Samuel Ward Birthplace Site (approx. 5.8 miles away); Seventh Day Baptist Minister's Monument (approx. 7.2 miles away); First Seventh Day Baptist Church of Hopkinton (approx. 7.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Charlestown.
 
More about this marker. This is a large granite memorial, about 5 ft
Memorial detail: Names & Dates image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner
2. Memorial detail: Names & Dates
high, about 10 ft wide, and 6 inches thick. It is accessed from the parking area via a short gravel path.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Charlestown Naval Auxiliary Field
 
Also see . . .
1. Charlestown Auxiliary Naval Airfield Memorial.
Charlestown Naval Auxiliary Field began operations in September of 1943. Ensign George H. W. Bush trained there in 1944. The field was decommissioned January 30, 1974, and is today known as Ninigret Park. During its years of operation, 62 airmen lost their lives in accidents at the field. (Submitted on March 13, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Naval Auxiliary Air Station Charlestown.
Atlantic Airport, as it was then known, was founded around 1931. In 1942, the site of the Atlantic Airport was reused by the Navy to construct NAAS Charlestown. It was constructed with three runways. It then became a satellite of the nearby Naval Air Station Quonset Point. Former US President George Herbert Walker Bush aviation trained here before going to Japan in World War II. The airport was used for the Navy Air Navigation Project to test navigation aids and traffic control systems. (Submitted on March 13, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

3. Preserving Charlestown's Naval Air Field.
The Air Field, which was decommissioned in 1974, after being used for Night Fighter Training during World War II, and as a landing field during the Korean War, is the site
Charlestown Naval Auxiliary Landing Field Memorial (<i>wide view</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 14, 2017
3. Charlestown Naval Auxiliary Landing Field Memorial (wide view)
of a memorial to the 62 pilots killed there while on training maneuvers. (Submitted on March 13, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

4. Naval Auxiliary Air Station Charlestown.
The runways were used for drag racing between 1958 and 1959. In 1974, the base was disestablished. It probably closed in conjunction with Quonset Naval Air Station, which closed around the same time. (Submitted on March 13, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Categories. Air & SpaceWar, KoreanWar, VietnamWar, World II
 
US Navy Auxiliary Landing Field Sign (<i>near memorial</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 14, 2017
4. US Navy Auxiliary Landing Field Sign (near memorial)
Ninigret Park Sign (<i>near memorial</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 14, 2017
5. Ninigret Park Sign (near memorial)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 15, 2018. This page originally submitted on March 13, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 44 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on March 13, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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