Re: Emergency Airfield in SC.....
This was a flat grassy field with one communication building with four teletype machines and one steel tower.All fenced in on a dirt road up from a highway running along the railroad.
The Civil Aeronautics Administration [now FAA] operated this field.My father drew this spot as his first federal job and moved his family into a farmhouse just about two blocks down that dirt road between the field and the highway.
It was used by the civil and military aviation before the war as an emergency landing field as well as a weather station and as an aid to the U.S. Forestry service when we as a family arrived.
After the military abandoned their operation there there was a grass fire and luckily while all of the locals were putting out that fire all of the rounds of ammumition laying around on that field never went off.
I was five years old when my father got orders to report to ATL for duty in Flight Service there.My father was an avid photographer at the time and made a record of the events.
Have not been back to that neck of the woods for years and just wondered if it was possible that the field was still in use or it was reverted back to the county or state.
There were a lot of events that stick in the memory cells like the big fish fries the farming community would share with the troops there after they would cut fuel drums in half to create the deep cooking and set up the field tables in the open.
There were training other allied country pilots there as well.Besides the AT6, there were the P39, P40, and the early version of the B17 before everyone left.
Funny how something comes back to you from time to time.