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320th Bombardment Group (M)
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Markerman62
N 27° 59.680 W 082° 00.861
17R E 400258 N 3097026
Quick Description: Located at the Lakeland Regional Airport
Location: Florida, United States
Date Posted: 5/4/2014 12:59:22 PM
Waymark Code: WMKMZ9
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member the federation
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Long Description:
When Drane Field opened during World War II, the first combat-bound Air Force unit to train here was the 320th Bombardment Group (M), flying B-26 Marauder medium bombers. The Group arrived here August 7, 1942, after having been activated at MacDill Field, Tampa, on June 17, 1942, Commanding Officer was Lt. Col. John A. Hilger, who had just returned from the mission with the "Doolittle Raiders" bombing Tokyo. Squadrons assigned to the 320th were the 441st, 442nd, 443rd and 444th. First personnel left Drane on August 28, 1942. The Group compiled a heroic record overseas in the Mediterranean Theatre and earned the Presidential Distinguished Unit Citation.
Marker Number: 0

Date: 1980

County: Polk

Marker Type: Roadside

Sponsored or placed by: The City of Lakeland, Florida, in Cooperation with The 320th Bombardment Group (M) Reunion Association

Website: Not listed

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