San Diego: Birthplace of Naval Aviation

San Diego: Birthplace of Naval Aviation (HM22PY)

Location: San Diego, CA San Diego County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 42.819', W 117° 10.608'

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The War Years 1941 - 1945

When war was declared in 1941, the city's civilian population exploded by more than 50,000 as workers streamed into the city. Transportation and housing facilities were soon overwhelmed. Trailers crowded once-empty land on the outskirts of the city. Homes for 3,000 families were built by the government on nearby mesas.

Aircraft carriers loaded squadrons of aircraft and men aboard at North Island before racing off to flight battles in the Pacific. In their absence, replacement aircraft continuously arrived and new pilots were trained day and night, 7 days a week to replace those lost in battle.
Sailors packed busses and trolleys while dance halls featuring such talents as Artie Shaw, Glenn Miller, and Benny Goodman were open until dawn. Tattoo parlors, penny arcades, and landmarks such as Eddie's Bar and the Bomber Café did an around-the-clock business.
HM NumberHM22PY
Placed ByUSS Midway Museum
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Date Added Thursday, November 9th, 2017 at 7:02pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)11S E 483430 N 3619556
Decimal Degrees32.71365000, -117.17680000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 42.819', W 117° 10.608'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 42' 49.14" N, 117° 10' 36.48" W
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Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near , San Diego CA , US
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