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Mississippi 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 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 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

Army Air Forces Training Command

Eastern Flying Training Command
30th (Advanced Twin-Engine) Flying Training Wing
Now: Usaf roundel.png Columbus Air Force Base
2154th Air Base Unit
Contract Flying School: Clarksdale School of Aviation
Now: Fletcher Field
Eastern Flying Training Command
Army Air Forces Flying School (Basic)
7th Basic Flying Training Group
Reassigned to Air Transport Command (1945)
Now: Greenwood-Leflore Airport
Army Air Forces Pilot Training School (Basic)
74th Army Air Force Base Unit
Assigned to Air Technical Service Command, (1945-1946)
Was: Greenville Air Force Base (1950-1965)
Contract Flying School* (1950-1953)
3505th Pilot Training Wing (Basic, Single-Engine) (1953-1960)
Technical Training Center (1960-1965)
Now: Mid Delta Regional Airport
Headquarters, Eastern Technical Training Command
Joint use with Third Air Force (1944-1945)
Reopened as Gulfport Air Force Base (1951-1958)
Headquarters, Technical Training Air Force also Contract Flying School
Now: Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport
Also Usaf roundel.png Mississippi Air National Guard Base

Army Air Forces Training Command

Contract Flying School: Mississippi Institute of Aeronautics
35th Army Air Force Base Unit
Assigned to Third Air Force (1944-1945)
Now: Hawkins Field
Also Usaf roundel.png Mississippi Air National Guard Base
Western Technical Training Command
Basic Training and Technical Training Center
Now: Usaf roundel.png Keesler Air Force Base
Eastern Flying Training Command
Contract Flying School: Cleveland School of Aviation
Now: Cleveland Municipal Airport

Third Air Force

39th Army Air Force Base Unit
Now: Meridian Regional Airport
Also Usaf roundel.png Mississippi 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

Troop Carrier Command

443d Air Force Base Unit (I TCC)
Now: Grenada Municipal Airport

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

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 - Mississippi

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