North Dakota World War II Army Airfields

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North Dakota World War II Army Airfields
US Army Air Corps Hap Arnold Wings.svg
Part of World War II
North Dakota World War II Army Airfields is located in North Dakota
Bismarck MAP
Bismarck MAP
Fargo MAP
Fargo MAP
Minot MAP
Minot MAP
Grand Forks MAP
Grand Forks MAP
Map Of North Dakota 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 North Dakota 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, 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]

Air Transport Command

Joint use USAAF/Civil Airport
Now: Bismarck Municipal Airport (IATA: BISICAO: KBISFAA LID: BIS)
Joint use USAAF/Civil Airport
Now: Hector International Airport (IATA: FARICAO: KFARFAA LID: FAR)
And: Roundel of the USAF.svg Fargo Air National Guard Base
Joint use US Navy/USAAF/Civil Airport
Now: Minot International Airport (IATA: MOTICAO: KMOTFAA LID: MOT)
Note: Minot Air Force Base (1957-Present) is NOT this facility.

Army Air Force Training Command

Joint use USAAF/Civil Airport
Contract Pilot School
Non aviation use, redeveloped and part of urban area of Grand Forks.
Note: Grand Forks Air Force Base (1957-Present) is NOT this facility.

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