1941 * Naval Air Station Atlanta * 1959

1941 * Naval Air Station Atlanta * 1959 (HM9GL)

Location: Atlanta, GA 30341 Dekalb County
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Country: United States of America
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N 33° 52.618', W 84° 18.245'

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Anticipating America involvement in a second world war, the government returned to the site of Camp Gordon in October 1940 and over the next sevenmonths constructed a 400-acre Naval Reserve Aviation Base at the DeKalb County Airport.

Commissioned in March 1941, the field chief mission was primary flight training of Navy and Marine Corps aviators. Expanding to meet war needs, the base added training for instrument flight instructors and in January 1943 was designated Naval Air Station Atlanta. Training some 3,000 pilots and over 4,000instructors, NAS Atlanta supported the vast expansion of naval aviation that proved decisive in the Pacific War against Japan.

Following World War II, NAS Atlanta became a Reserve Naval Air Station with nine squadrons (F4U Corsairs, F6F Hellcats, TMB Avengers, and PBY Catalinas) and trained reservists to meet the Korean War emergency of 1950-1953.

The evolution of jet fighters and large patrol bombers prompted the relocation of NAS Atlanta to the longer runways of Dobbins Air Force Base, Marietta in1959.

Donated by Veterans of NAS Atlanta.
HM NumberHM9GL
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series
Marker Number044-92
Year Placed1991
Placed ByGeorgia Department of Natural Resources
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 at 12:27am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 749355 N 3751785
Decimal Degrees33.87696667, -84.30408333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 52.618', W 84° 18.245'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 52' 37.08" N, 84° 18' 14.70" W
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Area Code(s)678, 770, 404
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2000 Airport Rd, Atlanta GA 30341, US
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