Colorado World War II Army Airfields

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Colorado World War II Army Airfields

US Army Air Corps Hap Arnold Wings.svg

Part of World War II
Colorado World War II Army Airfields is located in Colorado
Buckley AAF
Buckley AAF
Lowry AAB
Lowry AAB
Colorado Springs/Peterson AAB
Colorado Springs/Peterson AAB
Leadville AAF
Leadville AAF
La Junta AAF
La Junta AAF
Stapleton MAP
Stapleton MAP
Pueblo AAB
Pueblo AAB
Map Of Colorado World War II Army Airfields
Type Army Airfields
Site information
Controlled by United States Army Air Forces
Site history
Built 1940-1944
In use 1940-present
Garrison information
Garrison Second Air Force
Army Air Force Training Command

Colorado World War II Army Airfields were major United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) training centers for pilots and aircrews.

During World War II these Colorado 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.

The Colorado Aviation Historical Society (CAHS) has an aviation archaeology (AvAr) program[1] that includes document research, site investigation, data gathering, and archiving of the history of these USAAF fields, as well as other abandon airfields throughout Colorado. AvAr researches, investigates, and archives the history and findings of military, commercial, and general aviation crash sites. It also includes old Lowry missile silos, and old navigational beacon.

Major Airfields[edit]

Assigned to 4th Technical District/AAF Western Technical Training Command
AAF Technical School (Armament #2); 1 April 1942-7 September 1946
336th Air Base Squadron / 336th Base Headquarters and Air Base Squadron; 1 April 1942-30 April 1944
3702nd AAF Base Unit; 1 May 1944-7 September 1946
Was: Naval Air Station Denver (1947-59); Buckley Air National Guard Base (1959-2000)
Now: Roundel of the USAF.svg Buckley Air Force Base
Assigned to 4th Technical District/AAF Western Technical Training Command
Air Corps Technical School/Army Air Forces Technical School (Armament #1, Photographic #1)/Air Force Technical School; 15 October 1938-1991
21st Air Base Squadron/21st Air Base Squadron (Special); 15 October 1938-1 September 1940
22nd Air Base Squadron / 22nd Base Headquarters and Air Base Squadron; 1 September 1940-18 Jan 43
3705th AAF Base Unit / 3705th AF Base Unit; 1 May 1944-28 August 1948
Was Lowry Air Force Base (1938-1994) with Lowry Technical Training Center
Now: Part of Denver urbanized area.
Remains: Air Reserve Personnel Center and Defense Finance and Accounting Service
Assigned to Third Air Force, then Second Air Force
373rd Base Headquarters and Air Base Squadron; 20 June 1942-25 March 1944
260th Army Air Forces Base Unit; 25 March 1944-2 January 1946
Now: Roundel of the USAF.svg Peterson Air Force Base
Emergency Landing Airfield
Now: no trace of facility. Completely returned to natural state.

Air Technical Service Command

Used as a maintenance / supply depot
Stapleton closed in 1995 and redeveloped as urban area.
Assigned to West Coast AAF Training Center/AAF Western Flying Training Command
AAF Advanced Flying School (Two Engine)/ AAF Pilot School (Advanced, Two Engine) / AAF Pilot School, (Advanced, Four Engine); 4 August 1942-30 June 1945
402nd Base Headquarters and Air Base Squadron; 12 August 1942-30 April 1944
3020th AAF Base Unit; 1 May 1944-30 June 1945
Now: La Junta Municipal Airport (IATA: LHXICAO: KLHX)
Assigned to Second Air Force
360th Base Headquarters and Air Base Squadron; 30 September 1942-1 April 1944
215th AAF Base Unit; 1 April 1944-March 1946
Now: Pueblo Memorial Airport (IATA: PUBICAO: KPUB)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • 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

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