Historic Hempstead Plains - Nassau County, Long Island
The 2nd TOW Squadron at Mitchel Field.*
In further, Email revelations, Harold Kline writes;
"... partially correct in the the area covered by the "Rag-Drag" guys, but we actually towed for the Army from Thule AFB to Panama, and from The Mississippi to The Azores. One of our benefits was the TDY at some pretty exotic locations.
If anyone is interested, we flew Douglas B-26s with the tow sleeves,
- Harold Kline
Here is a further description of the 2nd Tow equipment and missions from Jack Barclay.
"We flew B-26 B & C Douglas Invader aircraft to tow targets. We also towed
We towed targets over Lake Michigan when we flew out of Wis. Mich. & ILL.. The sites we towed over Lake
Michigan were near Muskegan, Mich. &
Mr. Barclay further writes that he was in the 2nd Tow Squadron from 1953 to till 1956. Jack indicates that during that time the 2nd Tow did not have any T33 aircraft. It did have a B-29 and a B-45 jet bomber while they were at New Castle AFB Del. This equipment was not brought to Mitchel Field."5
Courtesy of Jack Barclay
Jim Herrold also wrote regarding the 2nd TOw Squadron activities. His description follows:
"I can further add to, Jack Barclay's description of 2nd Tow flights.
Courtesy of Jim Herrold
My thanks to those Mitchel Field Veterans who provided this information.
* corrected on 3/19/01 with updates on 3/27/2001
Scenes of Mitchel Field - Courtesy of 2nd Tow Squadron Vets
The 2nd Tow moved to Mitchel Field about April/May,1954. This is my favorite of 2nd Tow at Mitchel Field. It is a picture taken in 1954 and the two hangers together on the left are 2nd Tow's with 12, B-26 parked on the line. I believe the two C-46's are of the 514th Troop Carrier Wing. The hanger for these was next to 2nd Tow's and off the picture. The hanger at the top was for the Navy.
Jim Herrold - Lancaster,PA
2nd Tow equipment
courtesy of Jay Grant.
|1) Emblem - courtesy of Gene Collins.
2). 1954 Base Historical reports.
3)Description of 2nd TOW - Jay Grant.
4) The Roslyn side is the "boom Town" area north of the rail. The Roslyn Air Base was a sub base of Mitchel Field. Also, I believe the main Santini entrance was just south of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Hempstead Turnpike. Further, it should be noted that activities, missions and building uses change over time. Sometimes these changes can cause apparent differences, not real differences.
5) Description provided by Jack Barclay.
6) Description provided by Harold Kline.
7) Description provided by Jim Herrold.
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