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

Most of these airfields were under the command of First 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

Air Technical Service Command

Joint use USAAF/Civil Airport
Aircraft modification center.
Also contract flying school operated by Curtiss-Wright Corp.
Now: Buffalo Niagara International Airport
(IATA: BUFICAO: KBUFFAA LID: BUF)
436th Army Air Force Base Unit
Used by Republic Aircraft
Now: Republic Airport (IATA: FRGICAO: KFRG)
Aircraft modification center
Niagara Falls International Airport
(IATA: IAGICAO: KIAGFAA LID: IAG) and
Usaf roundel.png Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station
420th Army Air Force Base Unit (Rome ASC)
Was: Rome Air Force Base (1948)
Was: Griffiss Air Force Base (1948-1991)
Now: Usaf roundel.png Rome Laboratory (1991-Pres)
Wheeler Sack Field AAF, Deferiet
Sub-base of Rome AAF
Supported Fort Drum
Now: Wheeler-Sack Army Airfield, Active US Army Airfield.
393d Army Air Force Base Unit (Rome ASC)
Now: Syracuse Hancock International Airport
(IATA: SYRICAO: KSYRFAA LID: SYR)

Air Transport Command

523d Army Air Force Base Unit (Reduced)
Joint use USAAF/Civil Airport
Now: La Guardia Airport
(IATA: LGAICAO: KLGAFAA LID: LGA)
Joint use USAAF/Civil Airport
Now: Albany International Airport
(IATA: ALBICAO: KALBFAA LID: ALB)

First Air Force

1st Army Air Force Base Unit
Was: Mitchel Air Force Base (1947-1961)
Now: Non-flying facilty part of greater NYC urbanised area.
437th Army Air Force Base Unit
Was: Suffolk County Air Force Base (1947-1969)
Was: Suffolk County Airport (1969-1991) and Suffolk County Air National Guard Base (1970-1991)
Now: Francis S. Gabreski Airport
(IATA: FOKICAO: KFOKFAA LID: FOK) and
Usaf roundel.png Gabreski Air National Guard Base

Air Education and Training Command

320th Army Air Force Base Unit
Supported United States Military Academy, West Point
Was: Stewart Air Force Base (1947-1970)
Now: Stewart International Airport
(IATA: SWFICAO: KSWFFAA LID: SWF) and
Usaf roundel.png Stewart Air National Guard Base

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 York

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