320th Bombardment Group (M)

320th Bombardment Group (M) (HM1RAT)

Location: Lakeland, FL 33811 Polk County
Country: United States of America

N 27° 59.681', W 82° 0.861'

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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.
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Year Placed1980
Placed ByThe City of Lakeland, Florida, in Cooperation with The 320th Bombardment Group (M) Reunion Association
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, March 28th, 2016 at 1:04pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 400258 N 3097027
Decimal Degrees27.99468333, -82.01435000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 27° 59.681', W 82° 0.861'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds27° 59' 40.86" N, 82° 0' 51.66" W
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Area Code(s)863
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 3900 Don Emerson Dr, Lakeland FL 33811, US
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