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Navy Invades Martinsburg

75 Years Ago


October 8, 2020

Herald of Oct. 11, 1945

The United States Navy on Tuesday invaded Martinsburg. The citizens, however, took the invasion good-naturedly and were treated to one of the best air shows since the local airport was built.

Twenty-three planes, comprising five torpedo bombers known as TBF’s, 17 Curtis Helldivers and one Corsair fighter, on their way west, sought refuge here because of weather conditions.

The ships came from Washington where they had taken part in the big demonstration given Admiral Nimitz, the South Pacific Naval hero, upon his return to the States, and were on their way to the b...

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