Another sad headline as we note the passing of Paul Tanner, the last surviving member of Glenn Miller's original orchestra. Such wonderful music...
Rest in peace, Patty Andrews. The last of the Andrews Sisters has passed away at 94. She and her sisters brought so much joy to soldiers far from home during WWII. And they were the soundtrack of a generation.
This photo probably isn't from BAAF (too much grass), but the humor applies anywhere.
For an interesting perspective on the former Buckingham Army Air Field, check out this satellite image. As you move the picture around, you can see the current air field, the residential roads that were once part of the base and many abandoned roads that are still visible in amongst the thick trees and bushes.
As you work your way through your holiday shopping lists, don't forget to consider sharing "Buckingham Army Air Field" and its wonderful history. This paperback book is filled with great stories, fascinating facts and nearly 200 historic World War II era photos. It makes a thoughtful and inexpensive gift.
Many soldiers stationed at Buckingham Army Air Field came to McCollum Hall back during the war years to hear some of the great musicians of the time. While predominantly a place for black soldiers and civilians, there are stories of white servicemen and women also attending dances and concerts here — perhaps the only place in Southwest Florida at the time that wasn't completely segregated.
Cartoonist Bil Keane, of "Family Circus" fame has passed away. He got his start doing cartoons for a variety of military publications during WWII. Rest in peace, Sgt. Keane.
Rest in Peace, Wilbur "Bill" Smith of Bill Smith Appliance fame. Many may not realize that Bill first came to Southwest Florida to serve at Buckingham Army Air Field. While there, he met his wife and settled there after the war, going on to open his successful chain of stores. One more example of how the legacy of BAAF helped shape the community long after the base was closed.
This Southwest Florida company got its start at Buckingham Army Air Field, helping disassemble the base after it was decommissioned. It's story is included in our book.
Sad. Many an aviation buff has enjoyed seeing the Liberty Belle at air shows.