Historic California Posts, Camps, Stations and Airfields
Watsonville Bombing Target No. 8A
(Monterey Bombing Range)
US Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District History (1993)

While very little documentation exists for this site, research suggests that the Monterey Bombing Range is the target referred to as Watsonville No. 8A. The latitude of the bombing range is 36 50' 30" and the longitude is 121 49' 30", placing the bombing range in the water, approximately one-half mile from the Monterey Bay shoreline near the town of Moss Landing, California. The site was obtained by Army permit, but the date of acquisition is unknown as the permit has not been located. The bombing range was part of the 12th Naval District, NAS Alameda.
This property was used as a water borne target for the purpose of rescue, dive and glide bombing.
The date of the disposal of the Monterey Bombing Range, or Watsonville No. 8A, is unknown. However, records indicate that the site was still retained as of 29 October 1947.
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