Wings Over Wayne Airshow

2017

Wings Over Wayne Seymour Johnson Air Force Base Airshow

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8 S eymour Johnson Air Force Base was estab- lished five months after the United States entered World War II when the War Department approved the establishment of a techni- cal school two miles southeast of Goldsboro. Seymour Johnson Field was activated on June 12, 1942, as Headquarters, Technical School, Army Air Forces Technical Training Command. The base is named in honor of U.S. Navy Lt. Seymour A. Johnson, a native of Goldsboro. Johnson, a test pilot, was killed in an aircraft crash near Norbeck, Maryland, March 5, 1941. In June 1943, a secondary mission was added which included preparation of officers and men for overseas duty. The unit was known as the Provisional Overseas Replacement Training Center. Seymour Johnson Field received a third mission in September 1943: to provide basic military training for cadets preparing to become technical officers in the Army Air Corps. The 75th Training Wing was estab- lished to conduct the program through its Aviation Cadet Pre-Training School. The 326th Fighter Group arrived in October 1943 and in January 1944 began training replacement pilots for P-47 Thunderbolt aircraft. In April of that year, basic training of P-47 pilots became the primary mission of Seymour Johnson Field. The 326th Fighter Group arrived in October 1943 and in January 1944 began training replacement pilots for P-47 Thunderbolt aircraft. In April of that year, basic training of P-47 pilots became the primary You Keep Us Safe, Let Us Take Care of You at Swack Medical Associates we pride ourselves on providing the finest in primary and internal medicine for patients 16 years and older. 919.988.9674 2400 Wayne Memorial Dr. Suite C www.swackmedical.com • Board Certified in Internal Medicine • Areas of Interest: Hypertension & Medication Safety • Graduate of Cornell University & University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine • Decorated Gulf War Veteran Accepting New Patients Same Day Appointments Available for Sick Visits Randy L. Swackhammer, M.D. 24DCT0517D© 207 A . South Berkeley Blvd. • (beside China House) PROUDLY SERVING THOSE WHO SERVE! 6DSL0517J© You All Are A Cut Above the Rest History of Seymour Johnson Air Force Base Seymour Johnson Air Force Base has a long and rich history. Beginning in 1942, only five months after the United States entered World War II, it has carried on its mission of protecting the country. See HISTORY, Page 38

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