Alabama World War II Army Airfields
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|Alabama World War II Army Airfields|
|Part of World War II|
|Controlled by||USAAF Third Air Force|
|Garrison||Army Air Force Training Command|
During World War II, the United States Army Air Force (USAAF) established numerous airfields in Alabama for antisubmarine defense in the Gulf of Mexico and for training pilots and aircrews of USAAF 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.
Army Air Force Training Command
Air Technical Service Command
Third Air Force
Known secondary facilities
Auburn-Opelika Field (3 mi (4.8 km) east of Auburn) · Autaugaville Field (20 mi (32 km) west of Selma) · Camp Sibert (3 mi (4.8 km) south of Attala) · Dannelly Field (8 miles (13 km) southeast of Montgomery) · Dothan Field (2 miles (3.2 km) west-northwest of Dothan) · Elmore Field (10 miles (16 km) north of Montgomery) · Furniss Field (10 miles (16 km) south-southwest of Selma) · Henderson Field (29 miles (47 km) southwest of Selma) · Huntsville Arsenal Field (7 miles (11 km) southwest of Huntsville) · Mollette Field (16 miles (26 km) south-southwest of Selma) · Muscle Shoals Field (1-mile (1.6 km) east of Muscle Shoals) · Roberts Field (gliders only, 8 miles (13 km) north-northwest of Birmingham) · Selfield Field (4 miles (6.4 km) east-northeast of Selma) · St. Elmo Municipal Airport (St Elmo) · Tuskegee Aux Field #1 (4 miles (6.4 km) south-southeast of Tuskegee) · Tuskegee Aux Field #2 (3 miles (4.8 km) north of Tuskegee)
- 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 - Alabama