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Another sad headline as we note the passing of Paul Tanner, the last surviving member of Glenn Miller's original orchestra. Such wonderful music...
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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.

Andrews Sisters' "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B".
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Remembering all who served our nation during the Second World War, and our veterans still with us today.

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Remembering the men and women who trained and served at Buckingham Army Air Field. God bless them all.

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This photo probably isn't from BAAF (too much grass), but the humor applies anywhere.

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Carlsbad Army Airfield

Way too funny not to share this image!,, She is not a CAAF WAC..... but she sure looks like she is ready to hit the chow line!

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.

Satellite views of the area around Buckingham Army Air Field (historical) - Florida, United States. Driving directions (if available) are included as well as maps of the area.
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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.

For most people in Southwest Florida, the name Buckingham is just one more dot on a map--a rural area east of U.S. Interstate 75. But for a few years, it was so much more. Starting in 1942, it was the site of the Buckingham Army Air Field--home to some 16,000 men and women supporting the United S...
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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.

The historic but shabby McCollum Hall saw the start of a new life Monday as workers began a roof replacement and stabilization project on the 73-year-old building.
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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.

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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.

Online obituary for WILBUR SMITH. Read WILBUR SMITH’s life story, offer tributes/condolences, send flowers or create a WILBUR SMITH online memorial.
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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.

It all began in February of 1946 when Charlie Flint started his first business. A general store, which not having electricity was a bold move at the time for a young a man starting out. He soon added a gas pump, repaired automobiles, and with his wife’s assistance sold
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Sad. Many an aviation buff has enjoyed seeing the Liberty Belle at air shows.

A World War II-era bomber has crashed in the Chicago suburbs, as authorities try to figure out what caused a damaging fire onboard the craft. The B-17 bomber, known as a "Flying Fortress," is believed to be the Liberty Belle, a plane that was at the Aurora Municipal Airport 40 miles west of Chicago
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