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Lohr (Flight Instructor)
Lohr was a WWII flight instructor at Souther Field in Americas Georgia.
Paul Lohr died March 3, 2008.
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Souther Field Aviation 223 Airport Rd Americus, GA 31709 (229) 924-6431
Souther Field Today
Lat/Long: 32-06-38.877N / 084-11-19.853W 32-06.64795N / 084-11.33088W 32.1107992 / -84.1888481 (estimated) Elevation: 471 ft. / 143.6 m (surveyed) Variation: 02W (1985) From city: 4 miles NE of AMERICUS, GA
Some History of
Souther Field, taken from: A Chronology of
May 1918 Maj. Carlyle Wash, in machine #1778, flew first plane at Souther Field July 1918 formal opening of Souther Field, U.S. Army installa- tion, northeast of Americus (also served as training camp, then German P.O.W. camp, in World War II) June 1919 Lt. Floyd A. Wilson and Pvt. Calhoun, his mechanic, from Souther Field, crashed their plane in William E. Brown's garden behind John T. Argo's house (#503 E. Church), the only physical injury having been Cal- houn's broken left wrist; William Jennings Bryan, three-time Democratic presidential nominee, made his third appearance in Americus, with a speech support- ing the League of Nations and the anti-saloon league, at First Baptist Church May 1923 John Alden Wyche, owner of S & W Airplane Co., sold Charles A. Lindbergh, the "Lone Eagle", his first plane, a World War I surplus "Jenny", for $500, at Souther Field, where he made his first solo flight Oct. 1929 movie star Gary Cooper "dropped in" at Souther Field during flying tour of the U.S. June 1937 Plains High School designated "model school" by State Board of Education; Miss Ruby Wilson, first aviatrix to fly solo at Souther Field; formal dedication of A.S. Staley High School, E.J. Granberry, principal Nov. 1944 German P.O.W. camp established at Souther Field, the prisoners working on local area farms (closure and repatriation in Dec. 1945) June 1946 Sumter County purchased Souther Field through Recon- struction Finance Corp. Nov. 1949 "unidentified local businessman" spotted UFO, while F.R.B.'s Miami Herald letter in T-R 9-10-52 cited 1918 Souther Field UFO sighting Feb. 1952 news article re British actor Michael Rennie, star of "The Day the Earth Stood Still", noted his World War II R.A.F. duty at Souther Field
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