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Oregon 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

Oregon World War II Army Airfields were the airfields built or repurposed during World War II for training pilots and aircrews of United States Army Air Force (USAAF) fighters and bombers in Oregon.

Most of these airfields were under the command of Second Air Force or the Army Air Forces Training Command (AAFTC) (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, though 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

Second Air Force

II Fighter Command
Also known as Corvallis NAAS/MCAAF (temp transfer to Navy/Marine Corps)
Now: Corvallis Municipal Airport (IATA: CVOICAO: KCVO)
44th Army Air Force Base Unit
Now: Portland International Airport (IATA: PDXICAO: KPDX)
Joint use AAF/Navy/Civil Airport
Redmond AAF, Redmond
Sub-base of Portland AAF
Now: Roberts Field Airport (IATA: RDMICAO: KRDM)
Also several auxiliary fields (Aurora Flight Strip, Eugene Municipal Airport)

Air Technical Service Command

Now: City-County Airport (IATA: S33)
Joint use with US Navy
Now: Medford Jackson County Airport (IATA: MFRICAO: KMFR)
Spokane Air Service Command
470th Army Air Force Base Unit
Joint use with US Navy
Now: Pendleton Regional Airport (IATA: PDTICAO: KPDT)
Now: McNary Field Airport (IATA: SLEICAO: KSLE)

See also

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 - Oregon

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