War Eagle Field
|War Eagle Field|
|Part of Army Air Forces Training Command|
|2006 USGS airphoto
|Type||Basic flying training airfield|
|Owner||United States Army Air Forces|
|Controlled by||USAAF West Coast Training Center|
|Events||World War II|
Polaris Flight Academy, which opened on the field's grounds on July 15, 1941, trained cadets for the Royal Air Force and the Royal Canadian Air Force. (The school also used two auxiliary fields, Liberty Field and Victory Field.) The airfield had two hard-surfaced bituminous runways, one of 3,100' aligned NE/SW (05/23) the other of 2,950' aligned E/W (09/27).
After the Japanese attack of Pearl Harbor, the flight school began training cadets for the United States Army Air Forces on 28 July 1942, being operated by the Polaris Flight Academy as a contract basic flying school (phase 1). The primary trainer in use was the BT-13 Valiant. Known sub-bases and auxiliaries were:
- Liberty (Lancaster) Auxiliary Field (No. 1)
- Victory Field Auxiliary Field (No. 2)
In 1944, the flight school changed its name to Mira Loma Flight Academy. The airfield inactivated on 1 October 1945, and was declared surplus in 1946. Responsibility for it was given to the War Assets Administration.
The land was bought by Los Angeles County. The airfield was converted to a detention facility, and it continues to be used for that purpose.
Many wartime buildings, including two still intact hangars are still in use On the roof of one of the hangars, the name "War Eagle" is still faintly perceptible. Flight operations continue at the airfield with a helicopter pad, used by the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department.
- Shaw, Frederick J. (2004), Locating Air Force Base Sites History’s Legacy, Air Force History and Museums Program, United States Air Force, Washington DC, 2004.
- Manning, Thomas A. (2005), History of Air Education and Training Command, 1942–2002. Office of History and Research, Headquarters, AETC, Randolph AFB, Texas ASIN: B000NYX3PC
- History of Polaris Flight Academy
- War Eagle Field from Abandoned & Little-Known Airfields
- War Eagle Field from the California State Military Museum