Ft. Lauderdale Historic Society
219 S.W. 2nd Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
PRESERVING THE PAST: In 1962
dedicated volunteers started the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society. They
felt committed to preserving the story of the past for future generations.
They preserved photographs, documents, maps and other artifacts. Today
the Society is working hard to preserve the few buildings remaining that
comprise the historical center of the community, Old Fort Lauderdale:
the ca.1905 New River Inn; the ca.1907 King Cromartie House; the ca.1905
Philemon Bryan House; the 1899 replica schoolhouse and the Society's current
headquarters and future research facility. To contribute to this effort,
contact Dan Hobby, Executive Director ext 15.
PRESENTING THE STORY: Educational
programs for schools, agencies, and organizations can be arranged at Old
Fort Lauderdale or your site. The story goes on and so does the commitment.
Call Laurie-Lynn Jones, Education Director, ext 12, for more information.
PREPARING FOR THE FUTURE:
New exhibits are under development to tell the story of the city that
grew from this spot where the railroad crossed the river. New additions
to the collection are always welcome. Call Susan Gillis, Curator of Collections,
ext 13,to offer your donations.
Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale
This Association is dedicated
to preserving the history and memory of Naval Air Station NAS) Fort Lauderdale
(presently the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport), as well
as the Naval Air Station Boat Facility, the Fort Lauderdale Navy Section
Base, and the Fort Lauderdale Coast Guard Station, which were located
in Port Everglades during the period: 1942-1946.
Over the past several years,
Broward County has destroyed most of the buildings that housed NAS Fort
Lauderdale during World War IL
The primary mission of the
Association is to collect arid preserve information, documents, and memorabilia
that were associated with the NAS Fort Lauderdale and to place these items
in a small museum for the education of the general public and students
as well as visitors who served in this area during World War II, about
the very important role that the Greater Fort Lauderdale, Florida area
performed for the United States of America during World War 11 and to
provide an environment of camaraderie for the common good of the community
for the future.
During 1942 the Merle Fogg
Airport in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, was selected by the United States
Navy to be improved into a naval aviation facility for training naval
aviators during World War II.
The naval aviation training
command made NAS Fort Lauderdale into a training facility for naval aviators,
supporting aircrew personnel, and ground maintenance personnel on the
Grumman designed TBF/TBM Avenger single engine torpedo bomber carrier
- based airplane.
Training was very strenuous
and difficult. Many instructors were assigned right from aviator training
in Pensacola, Florida, after being awarded their pilot wings and so had
little practical experience in the beginning. Some instructors had limited
experience in training pilot students, which helped the program greatly
in the initial phases. In 1943, Ensign George H. W. Bush, USNR was fortunate
to have Lieutenant Tex Ellison, USN for his instructor. Lieutenant Ellison
had just returned from combat in the Pacific theater when he was assigned
to be Ensign Bush's instructor.
During World War II, 1942
through 1945, ninety-four service members lost their lives while serving
at NAS Fort Lauderdale, including fourteen on 5 December 1945 when 5 TBM
Avenger aircraft disappeared as US Navy flight19 while on a navigation
training mission over the Atlantic Ocean from NAS Fort Lauderdale.
Late in 1946, the Navy closed
NAS Fort Lauderdale, at which time Broward County assumed control of the
property and started development of the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International
Airport, one of the finest commercial airline terminals in the United
On October 3, 1992, President
George Bush visited the site and was awarded the first honorary membership
in the NAS Fort Lauderdale Historical Association.
For information Contact:
Naval Air Station
P.O. Drawer 70488
Fort Lauderdale, Fl. 33307-0488
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