Laurinburg–Maxton Army Air Base

Laurinburg–Maxton Army Air Base is an inactive United States Air Force base, approximately 6 miles east-northeast of Laurinburg, North Carolina.wikipedia
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I Troop Carrier Command

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It was active during World War II as a I Troop Carrier Command training airfield.
Grenada Field, Mississippi was located near Camp Claiborne, Louisiana, home of the 101st Airborne Division; Laurinburg-Maxton Army Air Base, North Carolina, was frequently the location of joint exercises between troop carrier units and Army airborne units.

68th Airlift Squadron

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68th Troop Carrier Squadron (433d TCG), June–August 1943
Laurinburg–Maxton Army Air Base, North Carolina, 9 June 1943

38th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron

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38th Troop Carrier Squadron (10th TCG), June–September 1943; January–April 1944 (Operational Training Unit)
Laurinburg-Maxton Army Air Base, North Carolina, 21 June 1943

375th Operations Group

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375th Troop Carrier Group (55th, 56th, 57th, 58th TCS), May–June 1943
Laurinburg-Maxton Army Air Base, North Carolina, 6 May 1943

67th Tactical Airlift Squadron

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67th Troop Carrier Squadron (433d TCG), June–August 1943
Laurinburg-Maxton Army Air Base, North Carolina, 9 June 1943

436th Operations Group

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436th Troop Carrier Group (79th, 80th, 81st, 82d TCS), August–December 1943
Laurinburg-Maxton Army Air Base, North Carolina, 5 August 1943

439th Operations Group

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439th Troop Carrier Group (91st, 92d, 93d, 94th TCS), December 1943 – February 1944
Laurinburg-Maxton Army Air Base, North Carolina 16 December 1943

438th Air Expeditionary Group

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438th Troop Carrier Group (87th, 88th, 89th TCS), October 1943 – January 1944
Laurinburg-Maxton Army Air Base, North Carolina, 30 October 1943

United States Air Force

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Laurinburg–Maxton Army Air Base is an inactive United States Air Force base, approximately 6 miles east-northeast of Laurinburg, North Carolina.

Laurinburg, North Carolina

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Laurinburg–Maxton Army Air Base is an inactive United States Air Force base, approximately 6 miles east-northeast of Laurinburg, North Carolina.

World War II

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It was active during World War II as a I Troop Carrier Command training airfield.

United States government role in civil aviation

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The local governments petitioned the War Department and Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) to have some type of airfield built in their area in early 1942 to help in the war effort.

Works Progress Administration

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The plan was to build the airfield with local funds and money supplied by the CAA and the Works Progress Administration (WPA).

317th Operations Group

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The first unit to train at Laurinburg–Maxton was the 317th Troop Carrier Group, which arrived in early November 1942.

88th Infantry Regiment (United States)

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This was followed shortly by the Army 88th Airborne Infantry Battalion, which later was re-designated as the 88th Glider Infantry Regiment.

Dwight D. Eisenhower

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Generals Dwight D. Eisenhower and George Marshall visited Laurinburg–Maxton on several occasions during the war, to observe units performing parachute and glider training.

George Marshall

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Generals Dwight D. Eisenhower and George Marshall visited Laurinburg–Maxton on several occasions during the war, to observe units performing parachute and glider training.

North Africa

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Units and personnel which trained at the base were deployed to North Africa as part of the Operation Torch landings in French West Africa in November 1942, as well as the invasions of Sicily and Italy in the summer of 1943.

Operation Torch

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Units and personnel which trained at the base were deployed to North Africa as part of the Operation Torch landings in French West Africa in November 1942, as well as the invasions of Sicily and Italy in the summer of 1943.

French West Africa

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Units and personnel which trained at the base were deployed to North Africa as part of the Operation Torch landings in French West Africa in November 1942, as well as the invasions of Sicily and Italy in the summer of 1943.

Sicily

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Units and personnel which trained at the base were deployed to North Africa as part of the Operation Torch landings in French West Africa in November 1942, as well as the invasions of Sicily and Italy in the summer of 1943.

Italy

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Units and personnel which trained at the base were deployed to North Africa as part of the Operation Torch landings in French West Africa in November 1942, as well as the invasions of Sicily and Italy in the summer of 1943.

Waco CG-4

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The Laurinburg–Maxton Airbase was the largest Waco CG-4A glider pilot training base in the world.

Bowman Field (airport)

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Training in glider towing was previously conducted at Bowman Field, Kentucky, near Fort Campbell; the proximity to Fort Bragg by Laurinburg–Maxton and the Army airborne school there added a second school.