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Utah 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 Utah for training pilots and aircrews of USAAF fighters and bombers.

Most of these airfields were under the command of Second 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

Proving Ground Command

Now: Michael Army Airfield
Part of: United States Department of the Army Seal.svg Dugway Proving Ground (United States Army)

Air Technical Service Command

482d Army Air Force Base Unit
Now: Usaf roundel.png Hill Air Force Base
Hinckley Field, Ogden
Sub-base of Hill AAF
Now: Ogden-Hinckley Airport (IATA: OGDICAO: KOGDFAA LID: OGD)
6th/20th Army Air Force Base Unit
Joint Use USAAF/Civil Airport as freight terminal
Now: Salt Lake City International Airport

Army Air Forces Training Command

363d Base Headquarters and Air Base Squadron
Western Technical Training Command
(Basic Training Center, Technical Training)

Second Air Force

Assigned to Second Air Force, 1 Oct 1943
Operational airfield of Kearns Army Air Base (AAFTC)
Now: South Valley Regional Airport (IATA: U42)
315th Army Air Force Base Unit
Was: Wendover Air Force Base (1947-1965)
Now: Wendover Airport (IATA: ENVICAO: KENVFAA LID: ENV)
axils fields: (Delle AF Aux, Knolls CAA, Low Flight Strip)

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 - Utah

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