CAMP TALIAFERRO WWI (BARRON FIELD: #2)

Today, after 3 years of living in this area I stumbled on a little piece of history near my home. After reading the sign at the site I was inspired to read a little more on the history of the site and to share it with you all.

After the US entry into WWI in April 1917 the United States invited the Canadian British Royal Flying Corps to help establish training fields for both American and Canadian volunteers. Texas was decided upon due to its mild climate and construction of three sites was started in September 1917. The facilities were very basic, leaving most volunteers to live in military grade canvas tents. According to both the sign at site 2 and Wikipedia 150 officers, and 900 enlisted would call this camp home. There were 2 other sites chosen around the Dallas area and they would ultimately be called the “Flying Triangle.” Camp Taliaferro was named after Walter Taliaferro who flew for the Americans and suffered a deadly accident. This was before the time of the US Airforce and the direction of the Camp fell under the US Army. Later the name would be changed to Barron Field by the Americans, after another casualty of training in Pennsylvania, Cadet R. J. Barron, over Chandler Field on 22 August 1917. Six Squadrons from Camp Barron would see action in WWI: Post-Headquarters Taliaferro Field #2, 77th Aero Squadron (II), 106th Aero Squadron (II), 207th Aero Squadron (II), 273d Aero Squadron, and Flying school Detachment. Two Squadron Services trained at Barron Field, they included: 251st Aero Squadron (Service) & 353d Aero Squadron (Service).

The only building standing still is the munitions building.

Barron Field, Munitions Building

Sources:

Barron Field – Wikipedia

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