Louisiana World War II Army Airfields

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Louisiana World War II Army Airfields

US Army Air Corps Hap Arnold Wings.svg

Part of World War II
Louisiana World War II Army Airfields is located in Louisiana
Alexandria AAF
Alexandria AAF
Esler AAF
Esler AAF
Lake Charles AAF
Lake Charles AAF
DeRidder AAB
DeRidder AAB
Barksdale AAF
Barksdale AAF
Selman AAF
Selman AAF
Moisant AAF
Moisant AAF
Harding AAF
Harding AAF
New Orleans AAF
New Orleans AAF
Map Of Louisiana World War II Army Airfields
Type Army Airfields
Site information
Site history
Built 1940-1944
In use 1940-present

During World War II, the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) established numerous airfields in Louisiana for antisubmarine defense in the 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) (A predecessor of the current-day United States Air Force Air Education and Training Command). In addition, the Air Technical Service Command (ATSC) 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]

Air Technical Service Command

Sub-base of Naval Air Station New Orleans, Joint Use
Now: Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport
49th Army Air Force Base Unit
Now: Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport
37th Army Air Force Base Unit
Now: New Orleans Lakefront Airport

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