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Creation Date

7-7-2012

Description

Raymond-Richardson Aviation School Marker Douglas GA

This marker is located at Douglas-Coffee County Veterans Park, US 441/221 S in Douglas, Coffee County, GA.

It reads as :

" Wesley Raymond, Robert Richardson and others founded a school here in 1939 to teach basic flight skills to college students. With the start of World War II, the school became the 63rd Flight Training Detachment Airbase and provided primary flight training for several thousand young men. In addition to working clerical and food preparation jobs, many local women served as civilian base dispatchers and aircraft mechanics. Although officially closed in 1944, the airstrip and hangers have continued in use as a municipal airport and the barracks and administration buildings have seen a wide variety of community uses."

Erected by The Georgia Historical Society, Wiregrass Historical Society and the City of Douglas.

Latitude, Longitude

31.47970000, -82.85140000

Keywords

Taylor, George Lansing, Jr.; Lance Taylor; Photographers -- Florida --Jacksonville; Photograph collections -- Florida -- Jacksonville; Raymond-Richardson Aviation School Marker; Raymond-Richardson Aviation School; Wesley Raymond; Robert Richardson; Municipal airport; Coffee County (Ga.); Historical marker --- Georgia --- Douglas --- Coffee County.

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