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Santa Maria (120.437W 34.937N) was the location of an oilfield in central California. Production was about a 300,000 barrels a year during the war years.
Land had been purchased for an airfield southwest of Santa
34.90N) by the time war broke out in the Pacific. By May
1942 the field was ready to receive bombers. By late 1943 it had
become clear that the airfield was unsuitable for bomber
operations due to an inadequate soil base under the runways, and
the base became a major training
base for pilots of P-38 Lightning fighters.
California State Military Department (accessed 2008-6-28)
Van Royen and Bowles (1952)
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