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New Mexico World War II Army Airfields

Us army air corps shield.svg

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 New Mexico for training pilots and aircrews of USAAF fighters and bombers.

Most of these airfields were under the command of Fourth 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

Fourth Air Force

359th Army Air Force Base Unit
Now: Usaf roundel.png Holloman Air Force Base
409th Army Air Force Base Unit
Now: Usaf roundel.png Cannon Air Force Base
467th Army Air Force Base Unit
Now: Fort Sumner Municipal Airport (IATA: FSUICAO: KFSU)
388th Army Air Force Base Unit
Now: Deming Municipal Airport (IATA: DMNICAO: KDMN)

Air Technical Service Command

3d Army Air Force Base Unit
Now: Usaf roundel.png Kirtland Air Force Base

Army Air Forces Training Command

386th Army Air Force Base Unit
Now: Cavern City Air Terminal (IATA: CNMICAO: KCNMFAA LID: CNM)
Western Flight Training Center
387th Army Air Force Base Unit
Was: Hobbs Army Air Field (1942-1948)
Now: Hobbs Industrial Air Park
AAF West Coast Training Center
91st Army Air Force Base Unit
Was: Walker Air Force Base (1947-1967)
Now: Roswell International Air Center (RIAC) (IATA: ROWICAO: KROWFAA LID: ROW)

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 - New Mexico

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