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
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 plane; 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 Army Air Force Base Unit
Auxiliary of Key Field, Mississippi
Now: Demopolis Municipal Airport (ICAO: KDYAFAA LID: DYA, formerly 7A2)

AAF Training Command[edit]

Eastern Flight Training Center

446th Army Air Force Base Unit
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)
57th Army Air Force Base Unit
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)

Contract Flying Schools[edit]

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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