Trail launched in February 2021
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helped win the war

As the United States mobilized for WWII, Georgians answered their Nation’s call

Southern states were critical to the war effort during World War II (1941-1945), and none more so than Georgia. Over 300,000 Georgians served in the military, and thousands of civilians worked in rapidly expanding wartime industries.

Explore our state’s legacy of inspiring wartime stories at the museums that make up Georgia’s World War II Heritage Trail

As the United States mobilized for war abroad, federal defense dollars flooded the South in the form of military installations and defense contracts.  At bases throughout Georgia, servicemen and women were trained in many forms of warfare, to include Infantry, Parachute, Glider, and Armored forces. Innovative tactics and technologies were at the center of much of Georgia’s war effort. As military leaders grasped the importance of new strategies, the training of pilots, paratroopers, and radar operators became a top priority. Once abroad, servicemen from Georgia experienced all the harsh realities of war – from home sickness and combat to capture by the enemy.

Additionally, Georgia threw its industrial might behind the war effort. Citizens on the Home Front actively supported the war by doing everything from buying war bonds to working in the two Liberty shipyards located in the state. Job opportunities opened up for women, African Americans and other groups as industries mobilized, requiring tens of thousands of workers.

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Take flight in a World War II airplane, build a Liberty ship, explore a pilot training base, march in the boots of the Band of Brothers, and learn personal stories of courage, character and patriotism. Suggested routes for North Georgia, Middle Georgia, and the Coast make it easy to experience two or three locations over a weekend.

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North georgia

Commemorative Air Force Museum Peachtree City
The CAF preserves and flies historic World War II aircraft to tell the story of America’s World War II veteran experience, the Arsenal of Democracy, and Rosie the Riveter. They currently have seven flying World War II planes.
website
1200 Echo Court
Peachtree City, Georgia 30269
PHONE —— (678) 364-1110
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Currahee Military Museum Toccoa
In 1942, the U.S. government acquired a site in Toccoa, Georgia where specially selected men received training to become a new type of soldier – the paratrooper. The Currahee Military Museum focuses on the actual training these men went through that made them some of the most physically fit men in the U.S. Army
website
160 North Alexander Street
Toccoa, Georgia 30577
PHONE —— (706) 282-5055
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Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame Warner Robins
The Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame promotes and encourages the growth and public support of aviation within the state of Georgia by honoring aviation leaders, living and dead, whose extraordinary achievements or services have made outstanding and lasting contributions to aviation, perpetuating the memory of such persons and recording their contributions and achievements through suitable memorials.
website
1942 Heritage Boulevard
Warner Robins, Georgia 31098
PHONE —— (478) 327-5376
Museum of Aviation Warner Robins
The "Scott Hangar" named after Gen. Robert Scott, author of God is My Co-Pilot, contains numerous World War II aircraft and displays about the conflict. This hangar also includes exhibits about the Tuskegee Airmen and the 507th Airborne Division. The Museum is also restoring a B-17 in exhibit space so that visitors can see the process.
website
1942 Heritage Boulevard
Warner Robins, Georgia 31098
PHONE —— (478) 923-6600
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National Infantry Museum Columbus
Voted the Best Free Museum in America by readers of USA Today, the National Infantry Museum honors soldiers from 1775 to today. Their stories of service and sacrifice are told through priceless artifacts, state-of-the-art exhibits, interactive galleries and memorials to the Vietnam War and the Global War on Terrorism. The Last 100 Yards ramp - the museum’s signature attraction - recreates the Rangers’ scaling of Pointe du Hoc on Omaha Beach and the parachute drop on Corregidor during World War II. The museum’s largest gallery chronicles our nation’s war on fascism. And outside, an authentically recreated World War II Company Street takes visitors back to the 1940s.
website
1775 Legacy Way
Columbus, Georgia 31905
PHONE —— (706) 685-5800
Nearest airport: Columbus Airport (KCSG)
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National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force Pooler
The National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force preserves and presents the stories of courage, duty and sacrifice displayed by the men and women of the Eighth Air Force in World War II.  Through exhibitions and education programs, learn how the service of young Americans, many of whom had never been in an airplane, paved the way for D-Day and the liberation of western Europe.
website
175 Bourne Avenue
Pooler, Georgia 31322
PHONE —— (912) 748-8888
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National Prisoner of War Museum Andersonville
The National Prisoner of War Museum preserves and shares the stories and experiences of all American POWs, from the Revolutionary War to today. It includes displays, artifacts, oral history interviews, and other information about POWs of World War II.
website
496 Cemetery Road
Andersonville, Georgia 31711
PHONE —— (229) 924-0343
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St Marys Submarine Museum St. Marys
The St Marys Submarine Museum has the largest collection of original World War II War Patrol Reports outside the National Archives. It also has a robust collection of World War II submarine related artifacts, models, photographs, and other items.
website
102 St Marys St. W
St Marys, Georgia 31558
PHONE —— (912) 882-2782
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World War II Home Front Museum St. Simons Island
The Home Front Museum tells the inspiring story of Coastal Georgia’s extraordinary contributions to winning World War II. Explore the community’s history of Liberty ship construction, airship patrols, advanced radar training, and home front defense through immersive galleries and family-friendly interactives.
website
4201 First Street
St. Simons Island, Georgia 31522
PHONE —— (912) 634-7098
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World War II Flight Training Museum Douglas
The 63rd Army Air Forces Flying Training Detachment (Primary) was originally a part of South Georgia College’s pilot training program. From 1941-1944, somewhere between 5,000 and 10,000 cadets were enrolled. Here the cadets mastered basic flying maneuvers and learned to fly. The museum houses exhibits on the 63rd’s training, aircraft, and equipment.
website
3 Airport Circle
Douglas, Georgia 31535
PHONE —— (912) 383 - 9111
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Interactive experiences
A group of infantrymen scaling an obstacle in training
Pilots standing in front of a war plane
Air Force pilots posing for the camera under the wing of a bomber plane
A woman at work in a factory, wearing protective helmet and gloves
Commemorative Air Force Museum Peachtree City
The CAF preserves and flies historic World War II aircraft to tell the story of America’s World War II veteran experience, the Arsenal of Democracy, and Rosie the Riveter. They currently have seven flying World War II planes.
website
1200 Echo Court
Peachtree City, Georgia 30269
PHONE —— (678) 364-1110
Currahee Military Museum Toccoa
In 1942, the U.S. government acquired a site in Toccoa, Georgia where specially selected men received training to become a new type of soldier – the paratrooper. The Currahee Military Museum focuses on the actual training these men went through that made them some of the most physically fit men in the U.S. Army.
website
160 North Alexander Street
Toccoa, Georgia 30577
PHONE —— (706) 282-5055
Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame Warner Robins
The Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame promotes and encourages the growth and public support of aviation within the state of Georgia by honoring aviation leaders, living and dead, whose extraordinary achievements or services have made outstanding and lasting contributions to aviation, perpetuating the memory of such persons and recording their contributions and achievements through suitable memorials.
website
1942 Heritage Boulevard
Warner Robins, Georgia 31098
PHONE —— (478) 327-5376
Museum of Aviation Warner Robins
The "Scott Hangar" named after Gen. Robert Scott, author of God is My Co-Pilot, contains numerous World War II aircraft and displays about the conflict. This hangar also includes exhibits about the Tuskegee Airmen and the 507th Airborne Division. The Museum is also restoring a B-17 in exhibit space so that visitors can see the process.
website
1942 Heritage Boulevard
Warner Robins, Georgia 31098
PHONE —— (478) 923-6600
National Infantry Museum Columbus
Voted the Best Free Museum in America by readers of USA Today, the National Infantry Museum honors soldiers from 1775 to today. Their stories of service and sacrifice are told through priceless artifacts, state-of-the-art exhibits, interactive galleries and memorials to the Vietnam War and the Global War on Terrorism. The Last 100 Yards ramp - the museum’s signature attraction - recreates the Rangers’ scaling of Pointe du Hoc on Omaha Beach and the parachute drop on Corregidor during World War II. The museum’s largest gallery chronicles our nation’s war on fascism. And outside, an authentically recreated World War II Company Street takes visitors back to the 1940s.
website
1775 Legacy Way
Columbus, Georgia 31905
PHONE —— (706) 685-5800
Nearest airport: Columbus Airport (KCSG)
National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force Pooler
The National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force preserves and presents the stories of courage, duty and sacrifice displayed by the men and women of the Eighth Air Force in World War II.  Through exhibitions and education programs, learn how the service of young Americans, many of whom had never been in an airplane, paved the way for D-Day and the liberation of western Europe.
website
175 Bourne Avenue
Pooler, Georgia 31322
PHONE —— (912) 748-8888
National Prisoner of War Museum Andersonville
The National Prisoner of War Museum preserves and shares the stories and experiences of all American POWs, from the Revolutionary War to today. It includes displays, artifacts, oral history interviews, and other information about POWs of World War II.
website
496 Cemetery Road
Andersonville, Georgia 31711
PHONE —— (229) 924-0343
St Marys Submarine Museum St. Marys
The St Marys Submarine Museum has the largest collection of original World War II War Patrol Reports outside the National Archives. It also has a robust collection of World War II submarine related artifacts, models, photographs, and other items.
website
102 St Marys St. W
St Marys, Georgia 31558
PHONE —— (912) 882-2782
World War II Home Front Museum St. Simons Island
The Home Front Museum tells the inspiring story of Coastal Georgia’s extraordinary contributions to winning World War II. Explore the community’s history of Liberty ship construction, airship patrols, advanced radar training, and home front defense through immersive galleries and family-friendly interactives.
website
4201 First Street
St. Simons Island, Georgia 31522
PHONE —— (912) 634-7098
World War II Flight Training Museum Douglas
The 63rd Army Air Forces Flying Training Detachment (Primary) was originally a part of South Georgia College’s pilot training program. From 1941-1944, somewhere between 5,000 and 10,000 cadets were enrolled. Here the cadets mastered basic flying maneuvers and learned to fly. The museum houses exhibits on the 63rd’s training, aircraft, and equipment.
website
3 Airport Circle
Douglas, Georgia 31535
PHONE —— (912) 383 - 9111

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