Oklahoma World War II Army Airfields
|Oklahoma World War II Army Airfields|
|Part of World War II|
During World War II, the United States Army Air Forces (AAF) established numerous airfields in Oklahoma for training pilots and aircrews of AAF fighters and bombers or as major maintenance and supply centers.
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 other AAF commands, including Second Air Force, Air Technical Service Command (ATSC) and Air Transport Command (ATC) commanded 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.
Army Air Forces Training Command
Air Technical Service Command
Second Air Force
Third Air Force
Air Transport Command
Note: Clinton-Sherman Air Force Base, originally Clinton Naval Air Station, was acquired by the U. S. Navy in 1942. It was on 15 September 1954, that the USAF leased the site from the City of Clinton to be used as an Air Force Base.
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- Mueller, Robert, Air Force Bases, Vol. I, Active Air Force Bases Within the United States of America on 17 September 1982,  Office of Air Force History, Washington, D.C. (1989) ISBN 0-912799-53-6.
- Ravenstein, Charles A., Air Force Combat Wings, Lineage & Honors Histories 1947–1977,  Washington, D.C., Office of Air Force History (1984) ISBN 0-912799-12-9.
- Military Airfields in World War II - Oklahoma