Florida World War II Army Airfields

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Florida World War II Army Airfields
US Army Air Corps Hap Arnold Wings.svg
Part of World War II
Type Army Airfields
Site history
Built 1940-1944
In use 1940-present

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

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

It is still possible to find remnants of these wartime airfields as most were converted into municipal airports. Two remained as active USAF installations until 1960, while a third was a joint civil-military airport hosting a Florida Air National Guard fighter-interceptor group until 1968. A fourth remained an active Strategic Air Command bomber and tanker base prior to its closure and conversion to a commercial international airport in 1975-76, while a fifth remained as an active Tactical Air Command then Air Combat Command fighter base until 1995, when it was converted to air reserve base status as a fighter base for the Air Force Reserve Command and the Florida Air National Guard. The others remain as modern day active U.S. Air Force installations. Hundreds of the temporary buildings that were used also survive today, with many being used for other purposes.

Major Airfields[edit]

Multiple Commands[edit]

I Bomber Command (1941)
Transferred to: Army Air Forces Antisubmarine Command (1942-1943)
26th Antisubmarine Wing (Squadrons)
Transferred to: III Bomber Command
Became sub-base of: MacDill Field (1943)
Became sub-base of: Chatam Army Airfield, Georgia (1943-1944)
Transferred to: Air Service Command (1944-1945)
Later: Imeson Field Airport (1947-1968)
Used by: Roundel of the USAF.svg 125th Fighter-Interceptor Group, Florida Air National Guard, (1947-1968)
Now: Imeson Industrial Park (airfield closed)

Third Air Force[edit]

AAF Training Command[edit]

Eastern Flying Training Command

Eastern Technical Training Command'

3501st Army Air Force Base Unit (Technical School, Radar)
Airfield became: Boca Raton Airport (IATA: BCTICAO: KBCTFAA LID: BCT)
Station became: Florida Atlantic University

AAF Contract Flying Schools[edit]

Army Air Forces School of Applied Tactics[edit]

Air Transport Command[edit]

Proving Ground Command[edit]