Mississippi World War II Army Airfields

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Mississippi World War II Army Airfields
US Army Air Corps Hap Arnold Wings.svg
Part of World War II
Mississippi World War II Army Airfields is located in Mississippi
Mississippi World War II Army Airfields
Mississippi World War II Army Airfields
Mississippi World War II Army Airfields
Mississippi World War II Army Airfields
Mississippi World War II Army Airfields
Mississippi World War II Army Airfields
Mississippi World War II Army Airfields
Mississippi World War II Army Airfields
Mississippi World War II Army Airfields
Mississippi World War II Army Airfields
Mississippi World War II Army Airfields
Mississippi World War II Army Airfields
Map Of Major Mississippi World War II Army Airfields

Red pog.svg   Third Air Force   Green pog.svg  AAF Training Command
Blue pog.svg   AAF Contract Flying Schools
Disc Plain magenta.svg   Troop Carrier Command
Type Army Airfields
Site history
Built 1940-1944
In use 1940-present

During World War II, the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) established numerous airfields in Mississippi 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). However the other USAAF support commands (Air Technical Service Command (ATSC); Air Transport Command (ATC) or Troop Carrier Command operated a significant number of airfields in 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]

Third Air Force[edit]

39th Army Air Force Base Unit
Now: Roundel of the USAF.svg Key Field Air National Guard Base
473d Base Headquarters and Air Base Squadron
Assigned to Air Technical Service Command, (1944-1946)
Now: Hesler-Noble Field
39th Army Air Force Base Unit
Assigned to Air Technical Service Command, (1942-1945)
Now: Hattiesburg Bobby L. Chain Municipal Airport

AAF Training Command[edit]

.* Greenville was designated as an "Air Base" by Air Training Command while operated as private contractor-operated training facilities in the 1950s.

AAF Contract Flying Schools[edit]

Troop Carrier Command[edit]

443d Air Force Base Unit
Now: Grenada Municipal Airport

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
  • Military Airfields in World War II - Mississippi

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