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WWII Patch, AAF, AAF Bombardier School, Victorville CA Bugs Bunny

WWII Patch, AAF, AAF Bombardier School, Victorville CA  Bugs Bunny

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WWII US Army Air Force Squadron Patch
USAAF  Bombardier School, Victorville, CA
Looney Tunes Design - Bugs Bunny riding a falling bomb with a carrot as a pistol
5.5 inches

Training future pilots for Bomb Bombing Bomber Bombardment squadrons.

George Air Force Base (1941–1992) is a former United States Air Force base located within city limits, 8 miles northwest of central Victorville, California, about 75 miles northeast of Los Angeles, California.  The 1964 film "The Starfighters" was shot at the base.  It was closed by the Base Realignment and Closure (or BRAC) 1992 commission at the end of the Cold War. It is now the site of Southern California Logistics Airport. The base was listed as a Superfund site on February 21, 1990


George Air Force Base was named in honor of Brigadier General Harold Huston George (1892–1942) on June 2, 1950. A World War I fighter ace, General George directed air operations in defense of the fortified islands in Manila Bay at the beginning of World War II. He died on April 29, 1942 in an aircraft accident near Darwin NT, Australia. A Curtiss P-40 of the 49th Fighter Group, piloted by Lt. Bob Hazard, taking off as second of two P-40s from Twenty-Seven Mile Field, SE of Darwin, Australia, lost directional control in the propwash of the lead fighter, striking a recently-arrived Lockheed C-40 parked next to airstrip, killing General Harold H. George, Time-Life war correspondent Melvin Jacoby, and base personnel 2nd Lt. Robert D. Jasper, who were standing next to the Lockheed. A number of others received injuries, but the P-40 pilot survived. George Air Force Base was named for the late general in June 1950.

World War Two
George AFB, originally called the Victorville Army Flying School, was constructed between 1941 and 1943 as a flight training school. It was renamed Victorville Army Air Field on April 23, 1943, and after the creation of the United States Air Force, Victorville Air Force Base on January 13, 1948. Known World War II units based at Victorville AAF were:

    * 87th Air Base Squadron (November 1941 – April 1944) (Administrative Headquarters Unit)
    * 3035th AAF Base Unit, (April 1944 – November 1945) (Administrative Headquarters Unit)
    * 4196th AAF Base Squadron, (November 1945 – January 1948) (Administrative Headquarters Unit)
    * USAAC/USAAF Advanced Flight School (June 1941 – December 1944)
    * USAAF Bombardier School (June 1941 – December 1944)
    * Army Air Force Radar Observer School (September 1944 – October 1945)
    * 516th, 517th, 518th Basic Flight Training Squadron (November 1941 – February 1944)
    * 520th, 521st, 522d, 524th Bombardier Training Squadron (January 1942 – April 1944)
    * 983d, 984th, 985th Bombardier Training Squadron (July 1942 – April 1944)
    * 71st Troop Carrier Squadron (434th TCG) (October 1945 – February 1946)
      Trained with C-46s, Deactivated.

Training began in February 1942 on Curtiss AT-9's, T-6 Texan's, and AT-17's for pilots, and AT-11's and BT-13 Valiant's for bombardiers. The first class of flying cadets graduated on April 24, 1942.

During 1943, the following aircraft were assigned: C-60A, C-47, C-53, L-4A, L-4E, L-3C, PT-15, L-3B, and CG-4A gliders.

In March, 1944, the 36th Flight Training Wing was activated as a school for P-39 single-engine pursuit pilots. The wing also included training crew members in the B-24 and B-25.

On October 12, 1945, all flying operations ceased, and the base was placed on standby status and used for surplus aircraft storage (mostly Boeing B-29s, Beechcraft AT-7s, and AT-11s) Its carekeeper host unit was renamed the 2756th Air Base Squadron in January 1948 after the establishment of the United States Air Force.

Major commands to which assigned

    * West Coast Air Corps Training Center, June 26, 1941
    * Air Corps Flying Training Command, January 23, 1942
           Redesignated: Army Air Force Flying Training Command, March 15, 1942
           Redesignated: Army Air Force Training Command, July 31, 1943
    * Air Technical Service Command, November 1, 1945*
           Redesignated: Air Materiel Command, March 9, 1946*

Major units assigned
    * USAAF Bombardier School, June 1941 – December 1944
    * 87th Base HQ and Air Base Sq, October 1, 1941
            Redesignated: 87th Air Base Sq, July 18, 1942 – April 30, 1944
    * Air Corps (later Army Air Force) Advanced Flying School, June 26, 1941 – December 23, 1944
    * 63d Troop Carrier Group, November 18, 1942 – May 7, 1943
    * 3035th AAF Base Unit, March 1, 1944
           Redesignated: 4196th AAF Base Unit, November 1, 1945
    * 36th Fighter-Interceptor Training Wing, January 8 – December 30, 1943
    * Army Air Force Radar Observer School, September 1944 – October 1945
    * 434th Troop Carrier Group, October 1, 1945 – February 2, 1946
    * 482d Bombardment Group, July 5, 1945 – September 1, 1945

WASP flew B-25, AT-7, AT-11, and BT-13 on training flights for bombardier school cadets and on engineering/test and calibration missions.

1102 WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots) were stationed at 120 air bases and flew 60 million miles in every type military aircraft in the Army Air Force inventory, from the fastest fighters to the heaviest bombers. They towed targets for air-to-air gunnery and air-to-ground anti-aircraft practice, ferried aircraft, were instrument instructors for male pilots, flew weather, night tracking, simulated strafing and radar navigation missions, transported personnel and cargo and flew drones. They flew every type mission that any Army Air Force pilot flew except combat  missions.

George Air Force Base was officially decommissioned in December 1992. In 1993, President Bill Clinton announced a "Five Part Plan" to speed economic recovery in communities where military bases were to be closed. One part of this plan called for improving public participation in the base's environmental cleanup program. George AFB was among a number of installations where environmental cleanup was placed on a "fast track" so base property could be quickly transferred to the community for reuse. Many of the old base housing homes and buildings are currently used by the Army and Marine Corps for urban warfare training.

Victorville City History
The community of Victorville was incorporated on September 21, 1962, as a general law city with a population of approximately 8,110 and an area of 9.7 square miles. As of February 28, 2007, the City's population was estimated to be 99,395 and the area was 74.16 square miles. These figures indicate the City has grown substantially in its history as a municipality. Prior to incorporation the community had a history which goes back over 100 years, when the first settlers of European descent arrived.
Early Beginnings: 1885 - 1889
In about 1885, the community was known as Victor. It was named after Jacob Nash Victor, a construction superintendent for the California Southern Railroad (Santa Fe Railroad). The town was established as a result of the original railroad station constructed approximately one mile northwest of the narrows of the Mojave River. On January 18, 1886, the Plan of the Town of Victor was prepared which created the grid pattern of the original town. This original subdivision included property between "A" Street through "G" Street and First Street through Eleventh Street. The area encompassed approximately 200 acres or one-third of a square mile.  The abundance of good water and the availability of rich bottom lands led to agricultural development shortly after the establishment of the railroad depot. Near the turn of the century, large deposits of limestone and granite were discovered. Since then the cement manufacturing industry has emerged as the single most important industry of the Victor Valley.

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Product Code: PatchAAF.0000.AAFBombardierSchool.VictorvilleCA
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