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Bradley beam. : (Bradley Field [Windsor Locks], Conn.) 1943-1945
Place of publication:
Bradley Field [Windsor Locks], Conn.
Geographic coverage:
  • Windsor Locks, Hartford, Connecticut  |  View more titles from this: City County, State
Bradley Field, Post Special Service Office
Dates of publication:
  • Vol. 1, no. 1 (Oct. 9, 1943)-v. 2, no. 48 (Sept. 1, 1945).
  • English
  • Air bases, American--Connecticut--Windsor Locks--Newspapers.
  • Air bases, American.--fast--(OCoLC)fst00802253
  • Connecticut--Windsor Locks.--fast--(OCoLC)fst01219258
  • Windsor Locks (Conn.)--Newspapers.
  • Also issued on microfilm from Connecticut State Library, Hartford, CT.
sn 92051525
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Bradley Beam

Bradley Beam, the official weekly newspaper by and for the military personnel of Connecticut's World War II army air base Bradley Field, was published from 1943 to 1945. With a mix of serious and lighthearted content, the paper kept Bradley's soldiers and workers connected with both news and happenings on the base, as well as those of the local community. The town of Windsor Locks, where the base was located, and the greater Hartford area were affected by the presence of the base, and offered their support to Bradley's soldiers and workers, which can be seen in the Beam.

The paper included articles and columns that covered base rules and protocols, events happening on and off base, profiles of individual officers and soldiers, entertainment and sports coverage, base war bond drives, warfront coverage, visits and partnerships with local businesses related to the defense industry, regular contributions by the local USO and Red Cross groups, and more. Through this wide-ranging coverage, the Bradley Beam gives us insight into both the operation of the base and how military activity in this part of Connecticut shaped industry and development. Frequent coverage of Bradley's Women's Army Corps unit through a regular column and features also highlighted the significant work done by women on the base, as well as the important contributions they made to the war effort in Connecticut.

As Bradley Field transitioned to an inactive base in August 1945, the Beam prepared to end its run and published the final issue on September 1, 1945, after almost two years of publication. The paper continued to document the base and provide soldiers with vital information on base activity and preparing for postwar life through its end. The Bradley Beam is a firsthand record of the operation of Connecticut's army air base, which played a vital role in training soldiers and preparing them for deployment. After serving as Connecticut's army air base, Bradley Field went on to become the home of the Connecticut Air National Guard in 1947 as well as a commercial airport, now know as Bradley International Airport.

Provided by: Connecticut State Library, Hartford, CT