Big Bear, CA. 1935

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In the summer of 1935, the 73rd Attack Squadron and their P-12’s spent a few weeks away from their home at March Field, and got some fresh air at Big Bear, CA.

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The mechanics seem to be enjoying their visit.

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Good thing they brought a spare.

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Though the insignia is that of the 36th Pursuit Squadron, I am inclined to believe the aircraft was a new arrival to the 73rd Attack. Either that, or a P-12 from Langley Field (home of the 36th), having flown across the continent, landed at Big Bear where, by the greatest of coincidences, a group of P-12 mechanics had a P&W Wasp engine, and nothing better to do.

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Oil by the gallon.

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Pilots of the 73rd. Several famous faces here. (Ira Eaker being one)

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While staying at Big Bear, the squadron bunked in this lodge.  Around the chimneys are bombs painted in the squadron markings of the 17th Attack Group.

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Zooming in a bit, we see the Air Corps has found room for numerous cases of beer.  Obviously this was a well-planned operation. The car bears a permit for March Field.

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