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This Day in Georgia History

September 01, 1941

Groundbreaking for Air Base

In the Houston County community of Wellston, located south of Macon, groundbreaking ceremonies were held for construction of a new Army Air Corps depot in central Georgia. Initially, the new aviation facility was known unofficially as the Georgia Air Depot. The facility actually had two names. The landing field was named “Robins Field” on Jan. 23, 1942, in honor of Brig. Gen. Augustine Warner Robins, who had died seven months earlier (see Sept. 1, 1942, entry below). The complex of buildings housing the depot was officially named “Wellston Air Depot” on March 14, 1942. After the community of Wellston changed its name to Warner Robins on Sept. 1, 1942, the depot became known as the Warner Robins Air Depot. Later, the depot and field commonly became known as Robins Air Force Base. By whatever name called, the facility considers September 1, 1941, as its founding date.

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Source: Collection of Ed Jackson