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Pachuta Bombing & Gunnery Range

by Bill Eddins

Workers Find WWII Bombs June 18,2009
The Clarke County Tribune - June 18,2009

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The Pachuta Bombing & Gunnery range was located In Western Clarke County and Eastern Jasper County Ms. near the Village of Pachuta & the community of Barnett. The Range was in use between the years of 1942 and 1945. The Range was used for practice Bombing, gunnery, rifle and the F3 school at Key Field, Meridian Ms. The Range was assigned to Key Field and was available for use by any Third Air Force Unit. The Range total acres were 10,686. Of this total, 9,660 acres were acquired by condemnation on July 12 1943. Over 60 local families were affected and forced to relocate.

Units that used the Range:

347th AAF Base Unit Key Field

Squadrons A,C,D,H,T 347th (CCTS) (TR)

Squadrons A,C,D,H,T 347th (CCTS) (TR)

Sq. �A� 321st AAF Base Unit (TAD) Key Field

328th AAF Base Unit (CCTS) (HB) Heavy Bombardment Gulf Port Ms.

69th Tactical Reconnaissance Group

18th Photo Tectical Unit

22th Tact. Rec.

31th Tact. Rec.

931st Signal Battalion

311 BS 86th BG

 

 

 

Facilities at the site:

 

Gunnery Target Range

Strafing Range

Bombing Range

Rifle Range

Barracks

 

 

 

Weapons used on the range:

 

Sub machine Guns .45

Pistol .45

.50 Cal Machine Gun

M-1 Carbine

100# Photoflash Bombs

100# Sand filled practice Bombs with Three# Spotting Charge

52# M46 Photo Flash Bombs with Black Power and 25# of Photographic Flashlight Powder

Mustard land mines

Aircrafts:

A-24A Dauntless

A 20's

A-24A Dauntles

A 20�s

B-17 B-25

B-17�s

B-25�s

B-29 Superfortresses P-51 Mustangs

B-29 Superfortresses

P-51 Mustangs

 

CG-4A Gliders
CG-4A Gliders

 

If you can provide any additional information or have personal experience with this facility, please e-mail me at the following address:

 

Thanks!

 

Bill Eddins

 

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