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Alabama World War II Army Airfields

US Army Air Corps Hap Arnold Wings.svg

Part of World War II
Alabama World War II Army Airfields is located in USA Alabama
Map Of Major Alabama World War II Army Airfields

Red pog.svg   Third Air Force   Green pog.svg  AAF Training Command
Blue pog.svg   AAF Contract Flying Schools
Disc Plain magenta.svg Air Technical Service Command
Type Army Airfields
Coordinates Latitude:
Longitude:
Built 1940-1944
In use 1940-Present

Official US Army Air Force Training Command photograph of 20 Tuskegee Airmen posing in front of a plane; Tuskegee Army Air Field.

During World War II, the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) established numerous airfields in Alabama for antisubmarine defense in the Gulf of Mexico and for training pilots and aircrews of AAF 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) 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[]

Third Air Force[]

  • Demopolis Army Air Field, 8 miles (13 km) west-southwest of Demopolis
Detachment, 39th Army Air Force Base Unit
Auxiliary of Key Field, Mississippi
Now: Demopolis Municipal Airport (ICAO: KDYA, FAA Location identifier: DYA, formerly7A2)

AAF Training Command[]

Eastern Flight Training Center

446th Army Air Force Base Unit
Known sub-bases and auxiliaries
Danville Auxiliary Field
Trinity Auxiliary Field
Bay Auxiliary Field
Leighton Auxiliary Field
Muscle Shoals Auxiliary Field
Now: Courtland Airport (FAA Location identifier: 9A4)
57th Army Air Force Base Unit
Free French Air Force pilot training
Known sub-bases and auxiliaries
Anniston Army Air Field
Selma Municipal Airport (Selfield)
Furniss Auxiliary Field
Henderson Auxiliary Field
Mollette Auxiliary Field
Autaugaville Auxiliary Field
Later: Craig Air Force Base (1947-1977)
Now: Craig Field Airport (IATA: SEM, ICAO: KSEM, FAA Location identifier: SEM)

58th Army Air Force Base Unit
Known sub-bases and auxiliaries
McLemore Auxiliary Field
Elmore Auxiliary Field
Mount Meigs Auxiliary Field
Taylor Field
Dannelly Auxiliary Field
Now: Roundel of the USAF.svg Montgomery Air National Guard Base and Montgomery Regional Airport
Deatsville Auxiliary Field
Now: Roundel of the USAF.svg Gunter Annex (Non-flying USAF facility)
Headquarters, Army Air Forces School of Applied Tactics
Headquarters, Air University
14th Army Air Force Base Unit
Known sub-bases and auxiliaries
Passmore Auxiliary Field
Troy Auxiliary Field
Autaugaville Auxiliary Field
Now: Roundel of the USAF.svg Maxwell Air Force Base (IATA: MXF, ICAO: KMXF, FAA Location identifier: MXF)

  • Napier Field, 7 miles (11 km) northwest of Dothan
73d Army Air Force Base Unit
Known sub-bases and auxiliaries
Ozark Army Air Field
Now: Roundel of the USAF.svg Cairns Army Airfield
Wiksburg Auxiliary Field
Dothan Auxiliary Field
Headland Auxiliary Field
Goldberg Auxiliary Field
Hyman Auxiliary Field
Now: Dothan Regional Airport (IATA: DHN, ICAO: KDHN, FAA Location identifier: DHN)
318th Army Air Force Base Unit
Known sub-bases and auxiliaries
Griel Auxiliary Field
Shorter Auxiliary Field
Note: See Moton Field for Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site
Now: Sharpe Field (IATA: TGE, FAA Location identifier: AL73)

Contract Flying Schools[]

  • Bates Field, 10 miles (16 km) west of Mobile
533d Army Air Force Base Unit
Under Contact to: Waterman Airlines
Known sub-bases and auxiliaries
St Elmo Auxiliary Field
Later: Sub-Base of Brookley Field (ATC)
Now: Mobile Regional Airport (IATA: MOB, ICAO: KMOB, FAA Location identifier: MOB) and
Roundel of the USAF.svgCoast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile
  • Decatur Field, 3 miles (4.8 km) northwest of Decatur
Under Contact to: Southern Airways
Known sub-bases and auxiliaries
Harris Station Auxiliary Field
Anderson Auxiliary Field
Beaver Dam Auxiliary Field
Poole Auxiliary Field
Tanner Auxiliary Field
Now: Pryor Field Regional Airport (IATA: DCU, ICAO: KDCU, FAA Location identifier: DCU)
  • Roberts Field Airport, 4 miles (6.4 km) west of Birmingham
Contract Glider Training
Later: Auxiliary of Birmingham Army Air Field (ATC)
Now: Industrial site 33°31′05″N 086°52′23″W / 33.51806°N 86.87306°W / 33.51806; -86.87306

  • Hargrove Van de Graaft Airport, 3 miles (4.8 km) northwest of Tuscaloosa
Free French Air Force pilot training
Operated by 51st Flying Training Group, Greenville Army Air Field, Mississippi
Under Contract to: Alabama Institute of Aeronautics
Known sub-bases and auxiliaries
Albright Auxiliary Field
Foster Auxiliary Field
Knauer Auxiliary Field
Moody Auxiliary Field
Rice Auxiliary Field
Now: Tuscaloosa Regional Airport (IATA: TCL, ICAO: KTCL, FAA Location identifier: TCL)
  • Moton Field, 4 miles (6.4 km) northwest of Tuskegee
Operated by Tuskegee Army Air Field
Under contract to Tuskegee Institute
Known sub-bases and auxiliaries
Calabee Flight Strip
Hardaway Auxiliary Field
Kennedy Auxiliary Field
Now: Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site
Now: Moton Field Municipal Airport (FAA Location identifier: 06A)

Air Technical Service Command[]

310th Army Air Force Base Unit
Joint USAAF/Civil Use
Also used by Third Air Force and Air Transport Command
Now: Roundel of the USAF.svg Birmingham Air National Guard Base (IATA: BHM, ICAO: KBHM, FAA Location identifier: BHM)

  • Brookley Field, 4 miles (6.4 km) south of Mobile.
HQ United States Army Air Corps Mobile Air Service Command
480th Army Air Force Base Unit
Also used by Air Transport Command
Was: Brookley Air Force Base (1948-1969)
Now: Mobile Downtown Airport (IATA: BFM, ICAO: KBFM, FAA Location identifier: BFM)

Minor Airfields[]

  • Camp Silbert Army Airfield, 5 miles (8.0 km) west-southwest of Gadsden
US Army Support
Now: Northeast Alabama Regional Airport (IATA: GAD, ICAO: KGAD, FAA Location identifier: GAD)
US Army Support
Now: Abandoned
  • Huntsville Arsenal Army Air Field, 6 miles (9.7 km) southwest of Huntsville
US Army Support
Now: Roundel of the USAF.svg Redstone Army Airfield (IATA: HUA, ICAO: KHUA, FAA Location identifier: HUA)

  • Chilton CAA Intermediate Field, 1 mile (1.6 km) northeast of Clanton
Undetermined USAAF Use
Now: Chilton County Airport (FAA Location identifier: 02A)
  • Thomas C. Russell Field, 2 miles (3.2 km) south-southwest of Alexander
Undetermined USAAF Use
  • Weedon Field, 4 miles (6.4 km) north-northeast of Eufaula
Undetermined USAAF Use

References[]

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.

  • Maurer, Maurer (1983). Air Force Combat Units Of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-89201-092-4.
  • Ravenstein, Charles A. (1984). Air Force Combat Wings Lineage and Honors Histories 1947-1977. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-912799-12-9.
  • Thole, Lou (1999), Forgotten Fields of America : World War II Bases and Training, Then and Now - Vol. 2. Pictorial Histories Pub . ISBN 1-57510-051-7
  • Military Airfields in World War II - Alabama

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