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During World War II, the United States Army Air Force (USAAF) established numerous airfields in Illinoismarker for training pilots and aircrews of USAAF fighters and bombers.

Most of these airfields were under the command of First 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

Army Air Force Training Command

Eastern Technical Training Center (Metrological School; adv. Specialities)
9th Army Air Force Base Unit
Was: Chanute Air Force Basemarker (1917-1993)
Now: Rantoul National Aviation Centermarker


Contract Pilot School
Now: Agricultural area


AAF Southeast Training Center
327th Army Air Force Base Unit
Now: Lawrenceville-Vincennes International Airportmarker
* Attenbury AAF, Columbus, Indianamarker
: Sub-base of George AAF
: Now: Columbus Municipal Airportmarker
* Sturgis AAF, Sturgis, Kentuckymarker
: Sub-base of George AAF
: Now: Sturgis Municipal Airportmarker


Air Transport Command
8th Army Air Force Base Unit
Now: Scott Air Force Basemarker


Air Technical Service Command

395th Army Air Force Base Unit
Joint use USAAF/Civil Airport
Now: Chicago Midway International Airportmarker


  • Orchard Place APT/Douglas AAF, Chicagomarker
Joint use USAAF/Civil Airport
Now: O'Hare International Airportmarker


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 - Illinois


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