Alabama World War II Army Airfields

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Alabama World War II Army Airfields

US Army Air Corps Hap Arnold Wings.svg

Part of World War II
Alabama World War II Army Airfields is located in Alabama
Alabama World War II Army Airfields
Alabama World War II Army Airfields
Alabama World War II Army Airfields
Alabama World War II Army Airfields
Alabama World War II Army Airfields
Alabama World War II Army Airfields
Alabama World War II Army Airfields
Alabama World War II Army Airfields
Alabama World War II Army Airfields
Alabama World War II Army Airfields
Alabama World War II Army Airfields
Alabama World War II Army Airfields
Alabama World War II Army Airfields
Alabama World War II Army Airfields
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Map Of Major Alabama World War II Army Airfields

Red pog.svg   Third Air Force   Green pog.svg  AAF Training Command
Blue pog.svg   AAF Contract Flying Schools
Disc Plain magenta.svg Air Technical Service Command
Type Army Airfields
Site information
Site history
Built 1940-1944
In use 1940-Present
Official US Army Air Force Training Command photograph of 20 Tuskegee Airmen posing in front of a P-40; Tuskegee Army Air Field.

During World War II, the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) established numerous airfields in Alabama for antisubmarine defense in the Gulf of Mexico and for training pilots and aircrews of AAF fighters and bombers.

Most of these airfields were under the command of Third Air Force or the Army Air Forces Training Command (AAFTC) (A predecessor of the current-day United States Air Force Air Education and Training Command). However the other USAAF support commands (Air Technical Service Command (ATSC); Air Transport Command (ATC) or Troop Carrier Command) commanded a significant number of airfields in a support roles.

It is still possible to find remnants of these wartime airfields. Many were converted into municipal airports, some were returned to agriculture and several were retained as United States Air Force installations and were front-line bases during the Cold War. Hundreds of the temporary buildings that were used survive today, and are being used for other purposes.

Major Airfields[edit]

Third Air Force[edit]

Detachment, 39th Base Headquarters and Air Base Squadron
Auxiliary of Key Field, Mississippi
Now: Demopolis Municipal Airport (ICAO: KDYAFAA LID: DYA, formerly 7A2)

AAF Training Command[edit]

AAF Eastern Flying Training Command

Army Air Forces Basic Flying School/Army Air Forces Pilot School (Basic)/Army Air Forces Pilot School (Special, 4-Engine), 14 December 1942-30 June 1945
446th Base Headquarters and Air Base Squadron 19 December 1942-30 April 1944
2115th Army Air Force Base Unit 1 May 1944-1 November 1945
Known sub-bases and auxiliaries
Danville Auxiliary Field
Trinity Auxiliary Field
Bay Auxiliary Field
Leighton Auxiliary Field
Muscle Shoals Auxiliary Field
Now: Courtland Airport (FAA LID: 9A4)
Air Corps Advanced Flying School (Single Engine)/Army Air Forces Advanced Flying School (Single Engine)/Army Air Forces Pilot School (Advanced, Single Engine) 16 December 1940-15 December 1945
57th Air Base Squadron/57th Base Headquarters and Air Base Squadron 16 December 1940-30 April 1944
2138th Army Air Force Base Unit (Pilot School, Advanced, Single Engine) 1 May 1944-15 December 1945
Free French Air Force pilot training
Known sub-bases and auxiliaries
Anniston Army Air Field
Selma Municipal Airport (Selfield)
Furniss Auxiliary Field
Henderson Auxiliary Field
Mollette Auxiliary Field
Autaugaville Auxiliary Field
Later: Craig Air Force Base (1947-1977)
Now: Craig Field Airport (IATA: SEMICAO: KSEMFAA LID: SEM)
Air Corps Basic Flying School/Army Air Forces Basic Flying School/ Army Air Forces Pilot School (Basic), 8 August 1940-10 September 1945
58th Air Base Squadron/58th Base Headquarters and Air Base Squadron, 3 October 1940-30 April 1944
2131st Army Air Forces Base Unit (Pilot School, Basic) 1 May 1944-13 December 1945
Known sub-bases and auxiliaries
McLemore Auxiliary Field
Elmore Auxiliary Field
Mount Meigs Auxiliary Field
Taylor Field
Dannelly Auxiliary Field
Now: Roundel of the USAF.svg Montgomery Air National Guard Base and Montgomery Regional Airport
Deatsville Auxiliary Field
Now: Roundel of the USAF.svg Gunter Annex (Non-flying USAF facility)
Air Corps Tactical School, 15 July 1931-13 May 1942
Hq, Southeast Air Corps Training Center/Hq, Southeast Army Air Forces Training Center/Hq, Army Air Forces Eastern Flying Training Command, 1 September 1940-1 June 1946
Air Corps Replacement Center (Pilot)/Air Corps Replacement Training Center (Aircrew)/Army Air Forces Pre-flight School (Pilot), 21 February 1941-1 December 1944
14th Air Base Squadron/14th Base Headquarters and Air Base Squadron, 1 September 1940-30 April 1944
2132nd Army Air Forces Base Unit, 1 May 1944-15 December 1945
Headquarters, Air University
Known sub-bases and auxiliaries
Passmore Auxiliary Field
Troy Auxiliary Field
Autaugaville Auxiliary Field
Now: Roundel of the USAF.svg Maxwell Air Force Base (IATA: MXFICAO: KMXFFAA LID: MXF)
Air Corps Advanced Flying School (Single Engine)/Army Air Forces Advanced Flying School (Single Engine)/Army Air Forces Pilot School (Advanced, Single Engine), 30 November 1941-19 October 1945
73d Air Base Squadron/73rd Base Headquarters and Air Base Squadron, 30 November 1941-30 April 1944
2116th Army Air Forces Base Unit (Pilot School, Advanced, Single Engine), 1 May 1944-January 1946
Known sub-bases and auxiliaries
Ozark Army Air Field
Now: Roundel of the USAF.svg Cairns Army Airfield
Wiksburg Auxiliary Field
Dothan Auxiliary Field
Headland Auxiliary Field
Goldberg Auxiliary Field
Hyman Auxiliary Field
Now: Dothan Regional Airport (IATA: DHNICAO: KDHNFAA LID: DHN)
Army Air Forces Flying School (Basic-Advanced)/Army Air Forces Pilot School (Basic-Advanced), July 1942-14 April 1946
Base Detachment/318th Air Base Squadron/318 Base Headquarters and Air Base Squadron, 10 November 1941-30 April 1944
2143rd Army Air Forces Base Unit (Pilot School, Basic-Advanced), 1 May 1944-14 April 1946
Known sub-bases and auxiliaries
Griel Auxiliary Field
Shorter Auxiliary Field
Note: See Moton Field for Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site
Now: Sharpe Field (IATA: TGEFAA LID: AL73)

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Contract Flying Schools[edit]

Contract Pilot School, Glider, 6 July 1942-15 February 1943
533rd Base Headquarters and Air Base Squadron, 25 May 1943-1 April 1944
4120th Army Air Forces Base Unit, 1 April 1944-2 April 1945
Under Contact to: Waterman Airlines
Known sub-bases and auxiliaries
St Elmo Auxiliary Field
Later: Sub-Base of Brookley Field (ATC)
Now: Mobile Regional Airport (IATA: MOBICAO: KMOBFAA LID: MOB) and
Roundel of the USAF.svgCoast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile
Operated by 65th AAF Flying Training Detachment (Primary)
Under Contact to: Southern Airways
Known sub-bases and auxiliaries
Harris Station Auxiliary Field
Anderson Auxiliary Field
Beaver Dam Auxiliary Field
Poole Auxiliary Field
Tanner Auxiliary Field
Now: Pryor Field Regional Airport (IATA: DCUICAO: KDCUFAA LID: DCU)
Contract Glider Training
Later: Auxiliary of Birmingham Army Air Field (ATC)
Now: Industrial site 33°31′05″N 086°52′23″W / 33.51806°N 86.87306°W / 33.51806; -86.87306
Operated by 51st AAF Flying Training Detachment (Primary)
Under Contract to: Alabama Institute of Aeronautics
Known sub-bases and auxiliaries
Albright Auxiliary Field
Foster Auxiliary Field
Knauer Auxiliary Field
Moody Auxiliary Field
Rice Auxiliary Field
Now: Tuscaloosa Regional Airport (IATA: TCLICAO: KTCLFAA LID: TCL)
Operated by 66th AAF Flying Training Detachment (Primary)
Under contract to Tuskegee Institute
Known sub-bases and Auxiliaries
Calabee Flight Strip
Hardaway Auxiliary Field
Kennedy Auxiliary Field
Now: Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site
Now: Moton Field Municipal Airport (FAA LID: 06A)

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Air Technical Service Command[edit]

Minor Airfields[edit]

References[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.

  • Maurer, Maurer (1983). Air Force Combat Units Of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-89201-092-4.
  • Ravenstein, Charles A. (1984). Air Force Combat Wings Lineage and Honors Histories 1947-1977. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-912799-12-9.
  • Thole, Lou (1999), Forgotten Fields of America : World War II Bases and Training, Then and Now - Vol. 2. Pictorial Histories Pub . ISBN 1-57510-051-7
  • Military Airfields in World War II - Alabama

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