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U.S. soldier reflects on Guyana’s international airport during World War II

U.S. soldier reflects on Guyana’s international airport during World War II

Reproduced from Kokomo Perspective
By Joyce Alpay

Isaac Tharp

Isaac Tharp

Isaac “Ike” B. Tharp of Kokomo, Howard County, Indiana, United States was with the 8th Pursuit Group, 36th Squadron as an airplane mechanic. Later he was part of the 309th Service Squadron stationed at the 2123 Army Air Force Base unit “Atkinson Field” in British Guiana (Guyana) doing reclamation and salvage of airplanes.

In Jan. 1940, he enlisted in the army at the age of 23 due to economic conditions from the “Great Depression.” His basic training and advanced training for airplane mechanics were both at Langley Field, Hampton, Va. He then went to Groton, Conn., for gunnery practice. Later he was transferred to Mitchell Field, N.Y., and worked as an airplane mechanic on P-40 aircraft and AT-6 transport planes.    Continue reading

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