Walterboro in Colleton County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Walterboro Army Air Field
- Helmut Ulbricht, German POW, Walterboro Army Air Field, 1945.The Press and Standard, 1994.
Two Hundred and fifty German prisoners of war were held at WAAF during WW II, providing essential labor for local farmers and repatriation at the end of the war.
Buildings are rising out of forgotten foundations in the surrounding woods.
There is a distant drone of fighter planes as they sweep overhead. (Picture included): The 510th Fighter Squadron was just one of the many groups for whom Walterboro was the last training stop before being sent into combat overseas. Photograph courtesy of the 510th Fighter Squadron.
You can hear voices in the wind whispering through the pines... The crisp orders of officers. The boisterous tones of pilots and mechanics. The low tones of German prisoners.
Today this is a quiet regional airport. During World War II it was a bustling air field which thousands of men passed through on their way to action overseas. For many the air field and nearby town were the last taste they would have of home. For some it would be a battleground as fraught with emotion and challenges as the
Together, their stories bring to life the incredible history of Walterboro Army Air Field.
(Lower left picture): Over five hundred black pilots faced discrimination and segregation while training at Walterboro Army Air Field between April 1944 and October 1945. Tuskegee class 44F, 1944. Photograph courtesy of Hirem E. Mann
Location. 32° 54.998′ N, 80° 38.259′ W. Marker is in Walterboro, South Carolina, in Colleton County. Marker is on Aviation Way near Lt.Col. Hiram Mann Driveway, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Located in the Airport Park off Rt US 17A, at the Walterboro Army Airfield Memorial Park. Marker is in this post office area: Walterboro SC 29488, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Prisoner Of War Camp and Camouflage School (here, next to this marker); The Tuskegee Airman of World War II (here, next to this marker); The Tuskegee Airmen (a few steps from this marker); Walterboro Army Airfield (a few steps from this marker); The Beacon (within shouting distance of this marker); Anderson Field / Walterboro Army Air Field Walterboro Army Airfield (within shouting distance of this marker); Bethel Presbyterian Church (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Walterboro.
Categories. • War, World II •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 22, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 773 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 22, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.