Delaware World War II Army Airfields

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Delaware World War II Army Airfields
US Army Air Corps Hap Arnold Wings.svg
Part of World War II
Delaware-aaf-map.jpg
Locations of major World War II USAAF Airfields in Delaware
Type Army Airfields
Site information
Controlled by United States Army Air Forces
Site history
Built 1940-1944
In use 1940-present
Garrison information
Garrison First Air Force
Army Air Force Training Command

During World War II, the United States Army Air Forces had two major airfields in Delaware. They were:

  • Dover Army Air Field, 4 miles southeast of Dover, Delaware
  • Assigned to First Air Force
  • 18th Observation Squadron (65th Obsn Gp), 2 March 1942 – 23 March 1942
  • 80th Bombardment Squadron (Medium)(45th Bomb Gp), 29 April 1942 – 15 July 1942
  • Hq and Hq Sq, 45th Bombardment Group (Medium), 16 May 1942 – 27 July 1942
  • 39th Bombardment Squadron (Medium)/ 3rd Antisubmarine Squadron (Heavy), 19 July 1942 – 28 February 1943
  • 312th Base Headquarters and Air Base Squadron, 16 September 1942 – 10 April 1944
  • 365th Fighter Group (Single Engine), 11 August 1943 – 18 November 1943
  • 83rd Fighter Group (Single Engine), 22 November 1943 – 10 April 1944
  • 125th Army Air Force Base Unit, 10 April 1944 – 31 March 1946
Now: Roundel of the USAF.svg Dover Air Force Base
  • New Castle Army Air Base, 1 mile west of New Castle, Delaware
  • Assigned to First Air Force
  • 62nd Pursuit Squadron (Interceptor)(56th Purs Gp), 10 December 1941 – 17 January 1942
  • 4th Pursuit Squadron (Interceptor)/ 4th Fighter Squadron (52nd Ftr Gp), 27 April 1942 – 12 June 1942
  • Assigned to Ferrying Division, Air Transport Command
  • 344th Air Base Squadron / 344th Base Headquarters and Air Base Squadron, 29 May 1942 – 31 March 1944
  • 2nd Ferrying Group, 29 May 1942 – 4 December 1945
  • 552nd Army Air Force Base Unit, 31 March 1944 – 31 December 1945
  • 1596th Army Air Force Base Unit, 1 December 1944-November 1945
Was: New Castle Air National Guard Base
Now: New Castle Airport (ILG)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Maurer, Maurer (1983). Air Force Combat Units Of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-89201-092-4.
  • Ravenstein, Charles A. (1984). Air Force Combat Wings Lineage and Honors Histories 1947-1977. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-912799-12-9.
  • Thole, Lou (1999), Forgotten Fields of America : World War II Bases and Training, Then and Now - Vol. 2. Pictorial Histories Pub . ISBN 1-57510-051-7

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