Ainsworth Army Air Field
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member plainsdrifter358
N 42° 33.610 W 100° 00.209
14T E 417626 N 4712461
Quick Description: One of eleven training bases in Nebraska during World War II.
Location: Nebraska, United States
Date Posted: 5/10/2008 12:24:11 PM
Waymark Code: WM3RBX
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member MNSearchers
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Long Description:
Ainsworth Army Air Field, completed on November 30, 1942, was a satellite of Rapid City Army Air Field and under command of the Second Air Force. The field was one of eleven Army Air Force training bases built in Nebraska during World War II. The 2,496-acre field included three 7,300 x 150-foot concrete runways, a hanger, warehouse, repair and machine shops, link and bomb trainers, Norden bombsite vaults, and barracks for over 600 officers and enlisted men. The base's primary mission was to provide proficiency training for P-39 and P-47 pilots of the 364th and 53rd fighter squadrons, and for B-17 crews of the 540th and 543rd bombardment squadrons before deployment to the European Theater of Operations. Aircraft camouflage experiments were also conducted on the site.

The airfield closed in 1945 and the following year the city of Ainsworth received a U.S. Government revocable license for commercial aircraft operations on the field. In 1948 the War Assets Administration declared the property surplus, and the city of Ainsworth received title to the airfield for use as a municipal airport.

Ainsworth Airport Authority
Nebraska State Historical Society
US 20, West of Ainsworth, Ainsworth Municipal Airport
Brown County
Marker 380


Marker Name: AINSWORTH ARMY AIR FIELD

Roadside: yes

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