38th Flying Training Wing (World War II)

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38th Flying Training Wing
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Locations of airfields controlled by the 38th Flying Training Wing
Active1942–1946
Country United States
BranchUS Army Air Corps Hap Arnold Wings.svg  United States Army Air Forces
TypeCommand and Control
RoleTraining
Part ofArmy Air Forces Training Command
EngagementsWorld War II
  • World War II - American Campaign Streamer (Plain).png
    World War II American Theater

The 38th Flying Training Wing is an inactive United States Air Force unit. It was last assigned to the Western Flying Training Command, and was disbanded on 16 June 1946 at Williams Field, Arizona.

There is no lineage between the United States Air Force 38th Combat Support Wing, established on 10 August 1948 at Itami Airfield, Japan, and this organization.

History[edit]

The wing was a World War II Command and Control organization which supported Training Command Flight Schools in the southwestern United States, primarily in New Mexico. The wing controlled fight schools primarily instructing in advanced (Phase III) two and four engine training, along with bombardier training and before June 1944, glider training. Graduates of the advanced schools were commissioned as Second Lieutenants, received their "wings" and were reassigned to Operational or Replacement Training Units operated by one of the four numbered air fores in the zone of interior.[1]

As training requirements changed during the war, schools were activated and inactivated or transferred to meet those requirements.[1]

Lineage[edit]

  • Established as 38th Flying Training Wing on 17 December 1942
Activated on 8 January 1943
Disbanded 16 June 1946.[2]

Assignments[edit]

  • AAF West Coast (later, AAF Western Flying) Training Center, 8 January 1943 – 16 June 1946[2]

Training aircraft[edit]

The schools of the wing used a wide variety of planes to support its numerous training needs:[1]

  • The Cessna AT-17 Bobcat was the standard two-engine advanced trainer, along with the Cessna UC-78 variant of the AT-17
The North American B-25 Mitchell medium bomber, as well as the AT-24 Mitchell were used for two-engine bomber training and transition. Some Martin B-26 Marauders were also used for training.
Four-Engine training was done with Boeing B-17 and Consolidated B-24 bombers
  • Glider/Liaison aircraft training used L-2, L-3, L-4 aircraft, as well as the TG-5, TG-6 and CG-4 gliders

Assigned Schools[edit]

Stations[edit]

  • Roswell Army Airfield, New Mexico, 8 January 1943
  • Kirtland Field, New Mexico, 10 September 1943
  • Williams Field, Arizona, 26 February 1945 – 16 June 1946.[2]

See also[edit]

35th Flying Training Wing (World War II) Basic/Advanced Flight Training (California)
36th Flying Training Wing (World War II) Primary Flight Training
37th Flying Training Wing (World War II) Basic/Advanced Flight Training (Arizona)
81st Flying Training Wing (World War II) Classification/Preflight Unit

References[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.

  1. ^ a b c 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
  2. ^ a b c 35th Flying Training Wing, lineage and history document Air Force Historical Agency, Maxwell AFB, Alabama
  3. ^ "www.accident-report.com: Artesia Municipal Airport". Archived from the original on 18 March 2014. Retrieved 19 March 2014.
  4. ^ "www.accident-report.com: Carlsbad Army Airfield". Archived from the original on 19 October 2011. Retrieved 19 March 2014.
  5. ^ a b c d e f Flight Training Field Fuselage Codes of World War II
  6. ^ "www.accident-report.com: Deming Army Airfield". Archived from the original on 19 October 2011. Retrieved 19 March 2014.
  7. ^ a b "www.accident-report.com: Tucumcari Municipal Airport". Archived from the original on 19 October 2011. Retrieved 19 March 2014.
  8. ^ "www.accident-report.com: Hobbs Army Airfield". Archived from the original on 19 October 2011. Retrieved 19 March 2014.
  9. ^ www.accident-report.com: Kirtland Army Airfield
  10. ^ www.accident-report.com: La Junta Army Airfield
  11. ^ "www.accident-report.com: Marfa Army Airfield". Archived from the original on 7 October 2014. Retrieved 19 March 2014.
  12. ^ "www.accident-report.com: Pecos Army Airfield". Archived from the original on 7 October 2014. Retrieved 19 March 2014.
  13. ^ "www.accident-report.com: Roswell Army Air Field". Archived from the original on 19 October 2011. Retrieved 19 March 2014.
  14. ^ www.accident-report.com: Young Municipal Field