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337th Army Air Field Base

Markers: Sarasota History

Credit: Greg Best
Location: Venice Avenue, Venice, FL

Sarasota History - 337th Army Air Field Base photo

Venice Army Air Field opened during WWII, on July 7, 1942. In June of 1943, the first combat aircraft operated from the field. By March 1944 the base was moved to this location. In all, nine groups were trained for combat, with the 337th being the permanent party. There was a constant stream of personnel flowing through the training reservoirs and into active theaters. Airplanes filled the skies as hundreds of pilots were trained in P39’s, 40’s, and 51’s. The base was officially designated Venice Army Air Field in 1945 when Col. Vincent B. Dixon, who was universally admired was assigned as Commanding Officer. The field was decommissioned and the City of Venice was granted a license to operate the airport on Many 20, 1946.

On June 10, 1947, by Quit Claim Deed from the United States of America to the City of Venice under provisions of the Surplus Property Act of 1944, the City was designated as sponsor to operate the facility.

Presented by the Venice Aviation Society, Inc. October, 1992