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Boca Raton Army Airfield

Military site : airfield

Detailed history

The main mission of Boca Raton AAF was the training of Air Force personnel in the use of Radar. The 3501st BU provided instruction courses for airborne radar operators, mechanics, and electronic officers. Aviation cadets sometimes spent up to 20 hours per day on academic and military training. Classes included engineering, aerodynamics, and communications. After finishing their education at Yale University, these cadets were commissioned officers. It is important to remember that during World War II, Radar technology was classified Top Secret. Personnel selected to attend the Radar School were highly qualified and rigorously selected, as well as having to pass a rigorous background investigation.

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  • Stanley Edelman

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 351st Bomb Group
    Enlisted in AAC as an Aviation Cadet, earned aerial gunner wings at Panama City FL. and his Bombardier wings at Victorville CA. ...

  • Francis Kunze

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Special Wireless Operator / H2X (Mickey) operator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Disappeared on secret mission, no MACR, only he and a sargeant made this trip over the English Channel. Story told his mother, he flew out and never returned, she said 'he was not a flyer', they said 'Oh yes he was'. ...


Date Contributor Update
13 April 2015 19:57:39 brx851b Changes to history


Date Contributor Update
13 April 2015 19:54:06 brx851b Created entry with name, latitude, longitude and person associations

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