Monday morning, June 8, 1941, 99 British citizens arrived at the Atlantic Coast Line depot in Arcadia, Florida. Although dressed in civilian clothes, all were members of the Royal Air Force destined for training as pilots in the United States before returning to defend king and country in the raging European war. It was a delicate situation. The United States was trying to aid Britain and her allies while maintaining its official neutrality.
Greenshaw, Thomas D.
"Defending America by Aiding the Allies: The British Student Pilots at Arcadia and Clewiston, 1941-1945,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 74:
2, Article 6.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol74/iss2/6