Dale Mabry Army
Air Field Museum
~ Tallahassee, Florida ~

Imagine a time when Tallahassee was a military town and war planes of all sorts constantly buzzed overhead. Dale Mabry Army Air Field (DM) was a major fighter pilot training base during World War II with sub-bases in Perry, Florida, and Thomasville, Townsend and Waycross, Georgia. Silver Lake was used for survival training and Alligator Point for target practice. At a time when there were only 16,240 Tallahasseans, 4,300 service men and women lived on base and 800 civilians were employed there.  All told, over 8,000 pilots trained at DM, including British, French and Chinese flyers--even members of the reknowned, all African-American Tuskegee Airmen. Believe it or not, German Prisoners of War were held there too!