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Mississippi World War II Army Airfields

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Type  Army Airfields
In use  1940-present
Built  1940-1944
Mississippi World War II Army Airfields

During World War II, the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) established numerous airfields in Mississippi 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 operated 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.

Third Air Force

  • Key Field, Meridian
  • 39th Army Air Force Base Unit Now: Key Field Air National Guard Base
  • Laurel Army Airfield, Laurel
  • 473d Base Headquarters and Air Base Squadron Assigned to Air Technical Service Command, (1944-1946) Now: Hesler-Noble Field
  • Hattiesburg Army Airfield, Hattiesburg
  • 39th Army Air Force Base Unit Assigned to Air Technical Service Command, (1942-1945) Now: Hattiesburg Bobby L. Chain Municipal Airport

    AAF Training Command

    .* Greenville was designated as an "Air Base" by Air Training Command while operated as private contractor-operated training facilities in the 1950s.

    Troop Carrier Command

  • Grenada Army Airfield, Grenada
  • 443d Air Force Base Unit Now: Grenada Municipal Airport


    Mississippi World War II Army Airfields Wikipedia

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