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Dover Air Force Base … The Early Years!

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1945 - FIGHTER PILOTS TRAIN AT DOVER FOR COMBAT --- Geared for simulated combat flights under the guidance of seasoned combat veteran instructors at the Dover Army Air Field, are these young pilots who head for their P-47 Thunderbolts during one on their regular training sessions. The Dover Army Air Field is on of the score of First Air Force bases along the Eastern Seaboard which are training pilots for aerial warfare around the world. Observing its fourth anniversary on Tuesday (Jan. 16), the First Air Force is an armed unit of some 50,000 men commanded by Major General Frank O’D. Hunter. Dover airfield was activated Dec. 17, 1941, ten days after Pearl Harbor, and has been utilized as a fighter training base for pilots since 1943.