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Arkansas World War II Army Airfields

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Part of World War II
Type Army Airfields
Built 1940-1944
In use 1940-Present
Controlled by USAAF Third Air Force
Garrison Army Air Force Training Command

During World War II, the United States Army Air Force (USAAF) established numerous airfields in Arkansas 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) 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.

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Major Airfields

Army Air Force Training Command
Southeast Training Center

326th Army Air Force Base Unit
Became Blytheville/Eaker Air Force Base (1951-1992)
Now: Arkansas International Airport (IATA: BYHICAO: KBYHFAA LID: BYH) (1992-Present)
323th Army Air Force Base Unit
Now: Walnut Ridge Regional Airport (ARG)
  • Newport AAF, 6 miles northeast of Newport
337th Army Air Force Base Unit
Now: Newport Municipal Airport (M19)
426th Army Air Force Base Unit
Now: Stuttgart Municipal Airport (SGT)

Third Air Force

(Joint use USAAF/Civil Airport)
Now: Little Rock National Airport (IATA: LITICAO: KLITFAA LID: LIT)

Known Secondary Facilities

Carlisle (26 mi. NW Stuttgart)  · Cooter (10 mi. NE Blytheville)  · Hazen (19 mi. NNW Stuttgart)  · Hope Army Air Field (3 mi. NE Hope)  · Manila (13 mi. W Blytheville)  · Praireville (8 mi. SE Stuttgart)  · Steele (12 mi. N Blytheville)  · Ridge Army Air Base (4 mi. NE Walnut Ridge)

References

  • Maurer, Maurer (1983). Air Force Combat Units Of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0892010924.
  • Ravenstein, Charles A. (1984). Air Force Combat Wings Lineage and Honors Histories 1947-1977. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0912799129.
  • Thole, Lou (1999), Forgotten Fields of America : World War II Bases and Training, Then and Now - Vol. 2. Pictorial Histories Pub . ISBN 1575100517
  • Military Airfields in World War II - Arkansas

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