Montana World War II Army Airfields

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Montana World War II Army Airfields
US Army Air Corps Hap Arnold Wings.svg
Part of World War II
Montana World War II Army Airfields is located in Montana
Cut Bank AAF
Cut Bank AAF
Glasgow AAF
Glasgow AAF
Great Falls AAF
Great Falls AAF
Lewistown AAF
Lewistown AAF
Gore AAF
Gore AAF
Helena  AAF
Helena AAF
Map Of Montana World War II Army Airfields
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 Montana for training pilots and aircrews of USAAF fighters and bombers.

Most of these airfields were under the command of Second 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) commanded a significant number of airfields in a support roles.

It is still possible to find remnants of these wartime airfields. Many were converted into municipal airports, returned to agriculture, or retained as United States Air Force installations that served as 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]

Second Air Force

II Fighter Command
Now: Cut Bank Municipal Airport (IATA: CTBICAO: KCTB)
II Fighter Command
Now: Glasgow International Airport (IATA: GGWICAO: KGGW)
Note: Glasgow Air Force Base (1957-1976) is NOT the World War II Airfield.
352d Army Air Force Base Unit
Was: Great Falls Air Force Base (1947-1955)
Now: Roundel of the USAF.svg Malmstrom Air Force Base (1955-Present; runway inactive since 1997, limited to rotary-wing ops)
II Bomber Command
Now: Lewistown Municipal Airport (IATA: LWTICAO: KLWT)

Air Transport Command

Joint use USAAF/Civil Airport
7th Ferrying Group
385th Army Air Force Base Unit
Now: Great Falls International Airport (IATA: GTFICAO: KGTF)
And: Roundel of the USAF.svg Great Falls Air National Guard Base
Joint use USAAF/Civil Airport
Now: Helena Regional Airport (IATA: HLNICAO: KHLN)

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 - Montana

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