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Parker’s Revenge and Hanscom Air Force Base

Created from farmland in 1941 as the United States considered entering World War II, Hanscom was a training ground for fighter squadrons and the site for testing radar sets developed by MIT’s Radiation Laboratory.

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Created from farmland in 1941 as the United States considered entering World War II, Hanscom was a training ground for fighter squadrons and the site for testing radar sets developed by MIT’s Radiation Laboratory.

Battle of Parker’s Revenge

The battle took place on the afternoon of April 19, 1775, hours after British regulars killed eight colonists at Lexington Green. Rallied by their leader, Captain John Parker, Lexington’s militia ambushed the redcoats as they were retreating from Concord. Three Lexington men died during fighting in the area that afternoon. The battle site is near the southern border of Hanscom Air Force Base, and the road that is now Route 2A.

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Hanscom Air Force Base

Created from farmland in 1941 as the United States considered entering World War II, Hanscom was a training ground for fighter squadrons and the site for testing radar sets developed by MIT’s Radiation Laboratory. Since 1945, it has been the Air Force’s center for development and acquisition of electronic systems. The base extends into Concord, Lexington, Lincoln, and Bedford. Adjacent Hanscom Field is a state-owned general aviation airport.

SOURCES: Hanscom Air Force Base, Minute Man National Historical Park

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