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Louisiana World War II Army Airfields

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Part of World War II
Type Army Airfields
Built 1940-1944
In use 1940-Present

During World War II, the United States Army Air Force (USAAF) established numerous airfields in Louisiana 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). In addition, the Air Technical Service Command (ATSC) 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

Third Air Force

517th Army Air Force Base Unit
Later: England Air Force Base (1950-1992)
Now: Alexandria International Airport
333d Air Base Group
Now: Esler Regional Airport
82d Army Air Force Base Unit
Later: Lake Charles/Chennault Air Force Base (1950-1963)
Now: Chennault International Airport
317th Army Air Force Base Unit
Now: Beauregard Regional Airport

'Army Air Forces Training Command
AAF Southeast Training Center

5th Army Air Force Base Unit
Flying Training, HQ AAF Training Command
Now: Usaf roundel.png Barksdale Air Force Base
329th Army Air Force Base Unit
Now: Monroe Regional Airport

Air Technical Service Command

Sub-base of Naval Air Station New Orleans, Joint Use
Now: Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport
49th Army Air Force Base Unit
Now: Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport
37th Army Air Force Base Unit
Now: New Orleans Lakefront Airport

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 - Louisiana

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