SPRINGFIELD, Vt. – On Saturday, January 21th, the Springfield Art & Historical Society held a special program on Springfield’s World War 2 observation posts. Hugh Putnam researched the Springfield Reporters from 1941-1945 and delivered an in depth history of Springfield’s posts.
Putnam outlined in a Power-Point program Springfield’s known observation posts. The three original observation posts were: the Biben’s post on Baltimore Road, the Adams post on Craigue Hill and the Stevens post on Skitchewaug Trail.
During WW2 the machine tool industry in Springfield was the number seven site the Germans would likely bomb to interrupt this country’s war supply.
High school students and adults served as airplane spotters at several locations in Springfield from 1941 – 1944. The observation posts were intended to be manned 24 hours a day in three hour shifts.
Volunteers were trained to identify all silhouettes of allied and enemy airplanes. Phones were installed in each post to alert authorities in Albany, NY. No enemy planes were ever spotted over Springfield.
Every seat was filled for the program with more chairs needed. Several older Springfield residents offered their own memories of the various posts.