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PostSubject: Naval Air Station Wildwood NJ Spring 2015    Sat Feb 18 2017, 23:28

Naval Air Station Wildwood NJ trained carrier pilots , Hellcats and Hell Divers in WWII . Like the Army Airfield at Millville NJ they lost quite a few pilots and crews. At least 42 airmen lost their lives while training at the station. According to the AAF Statistical Digest, in less than four years (December 1941- August 1945), the US Army Air Forces lost 14,903 pilots, aircrew and assorted personnel plus 13,873 airplanes --- inside the continental United States. They were the result of 52,651 aircraft accidents (6,039 involving fatalities) in 45 months. They average 1,170 aircraft accidents per month---- nearly 40 a day. (Less than one accident in four resulted in totaled aircraft, however.) Almost 1,000 Army planes disappeared en route from the US to foreign climes. But an eye-watering 43,581 aircraft were lost overseas including 22,948 on combat missions (18,418 against the Western Axis) and 20,633 attributed to non-combat causes overseas.
Pilots and crews appear to have had a higher chance of death and injury in training and just ferrying vs combat.

The airport started in 1941 as NAS Rio Grande, named for its location near Rio Grande, New Jersey. Due to confusion with Rio Grande, Texas, the name was changed to NAS Wildwood in 1943. Following the end of World War II, Naval Air Station Wildwood was deemed excess to U.S. Navy requirements. It was subsequently deeded to the local government for transition to a civilian airport which is still in operation today as Cape May County Airport. The hanger is the last wooden hanger structures left in the USA and is on the list of historical buildings.

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