WWII Morro Bay Amphib training base

The B-17 at the bottom of this photo, on a mission to Anzio, Italy, was piloted by Harold Schuchardt of Los Osos when it was shot down over Hungary. Schuchardt was captured and served out his war as a POW. Courtesy the American Air Museum
Courtesy the American Air Museum in Britain, Imperial War Museums

  

Historian Jim Gregory shares insights about his new book Central Coast Aviators in WW II. Gregory shares the stories of local men and women who served as pilots and crew during WW II. Stories include how Cal Poly State University was transformed into a Naval aviation pre-flight training center and Santa Maria’s Hancock Field trained thousands of pilots and crew.

Landing craft coming ashore on the Morro Bay sandspit during WWII training
U.S. Army Signal Corps

Within moments of the Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7th 1941, life in America instantly transformed for the duration of the war. Edith Ross and Art Criddle share their recollections as children during the war years in Morro Bay

U.S. Army Air Forces Crash Boats trained in Morro Bay but there's much to be learned about their mission here.
Library of Congress

Joe Dunlap, a class of 1966 graduate of Morro Bay High School, and a U.S. Navy veteran, has been a student of WWII history for more than forty years. His areas of specialization include the Richmond California shipyards, and the U.S. Navy and Army base at Morro Bay, California where troops trained for South Pacific Landings.

The Morro Bay Detachment, Training command Amphibian Forces Pacific Fleet Landing Craft School drilled as many as 16,000 troops daily. Come along and join Joe Dunlap on the Morro Bay waterfront as he shares informative insights about Morro Bay’s vital role in WWII.