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New Mexico World War II Army Airfields

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New Mexico World War II Army Airfields

New Mexico World War II Army Airfields
Part of World War II
New Mexico World War II Army Airfields is located in New Mexico
Alamogordo AAF
Alamogordo AAF
Clovis AAF
Clovis AAF
Kirtland AAF
Kirtland AAF
Carlsbad AAF
Carlsbad AAF
Deming AAF
Deming AAF
Fort Sumner AAF
Fort Sumner AAF
Hobbs AAF
Hobbs AAF
Roswell AAF
Roswell AAF
Map Of New Mexico World War II Army Airfields
Type Army Airfields
Site history
Built 1940-1944
In use 1940-present

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

Most of these airfields were under the command of Fourth 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

Second Air Force

Now: Holloman Air Force Base
Now: Cannon Air Force Base[2]
Now: Kirtland Air Force Base

Air Technical Service Command

Army Air Forces Training Command

Was: Hobbs Army Airfield (1942-1948)
Now: Hobbs Industrial Air Park
Was: Walker Air Force Base (1947-1967)


  1. ^ Mueller, p. 248
  2. ^ Mueller, p. 60

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.

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