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Army Air Base Arch - Venice, FL
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ChapterhouseInc
N 27° 05.994 W 082° 27.474
17R E 355473 N 2998337
Quick Description: A replica of the base entry arch was installed in this park to commemorate the Army's time in the area during WWII and the impact on the community afterward.
Location: Florida, United States
Date Posted: 8/3/2009 7:32:09 AM
Waymark Code: WM6XTH
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Math Teacher
Views: 11

Long Description:
This structure is a replica of the Venice Army Air Base main entrance originally located at the intersection of The Rialto and San Marco. The base history began in May 1942 when surveyors from the US Army landed at the Venice Municipal Downtown Airport to find a suitable site for a training facility for real echeloa maintenance service groups. Construction began in June 1942 in the area now bounded by US 41 on the east, San Marco Drive on the north, the Gulf of Mexico on the west and Lemon Bay on the south.

The original army personnel were the 37th Service Squadron of the 27th Service Group, followed by HQ & HQ Squadron, 90th Service Squadron, 826th QM Co., 1728th and 1729th Ordinance Companies, 1063rd Signal Co., and 1095 QM Co.

Within a year a full fleged training facility was operational. The first combat aircraft arrived from the 13th Fighter Squadron 53rd Fighter Group for pilot training on June 7, 1943. The 14th Fighter Squadron soon followed. Pilot training began with the P-39, followed by P-40, P-47 and finally the famous P-31 Mustang fighters.
On January 3, 1944, the Venice Army Air Base command was tranferred from Air Service Command to the third Air Force. At the peak of training, the facility housed 6,000 men, with an estimated total of 20,000 men being trained at the base. A total of nine groups were trained, including the all-Chinese 14th Service Group formed at the request of Madam Chiang Kai-Shek.

With the war over, the base was closed in 1945. The property was deeded to the City of Venice in 1947, including the runways, sewage plant, hangars and much machinery and equipment.

The immediate impact of the Venice Army Base on the City of Venice and the area is obvious, but the long term impact is even more important. Many of the men stationed at the base returned after the war to begin their new lives and some became the civic leaders who guided Venice through the 1950s and 1960s.
Property Permission: Public

Access instructions: follow coords, obey street signs

Commemoration: The Army Air Base that operated during WWII

Date of Dedication: Not listed

Access times: Not listed

Website for Waymark: Not listed

Location of waymark: Not listed

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