Historic Markers Across South Carolina

Palmer Field / Capt. William White Palmer

Marker ID: SCHM 35-37
Location: S.C. Hwy 9 W near Beauty Spot Rd. W, Bennettsville, SC
County: Marlboro
Coordinates: N 34° 39.505    W 079° 42.943
  34.65841666    -79.71571666
Style: Free Standing **



Palmer Field, originally Marlboro Aviation School, operated here from Oct. 1941 to Nov. 1944 as a primary training facility for the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. Civilian flight instructors led cadets through a 9-week course in PT-17 Stearman biplanes. The 55th Army Air Corps Flying Training Detachment trained 6,410 pilots here; 4,769, or 73%, graduated.


Flight training ended here in late 1944, but the field briefly housed German POWs in 1945. In 1943 the field had been renamed for Capt. William White Palmer (1895-1934), Bennettsville native and World War I pilot. Palmer, in Capt. Eddie Rickenbacker´s 94th Aero Squadron, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross and Croix de Guerre for gallantry in aerial combat.

Erected by the Marlborough Historical Society, 2011


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Wikipedia - 94th Fighter Squadron
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