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"B" Coded B-26 Marauder based at Barksdale AAF, LA 

 

Photo depicts crew members of the Free French Air Force

USAAF Photo

 


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The twin engine bomber training aircraft displayed every format of letter coding defined by the USAAF (i.e. prefix, infix and suffix). However there was one variation to the prefix that was utilized on some of the B-26 and A-26 aircraft as follows..  As in the photo above you will note the unusual sequence of  "B F3". It is indeed a prefix notation and the interpretation is as follows: The "B" represented the name of the base (i.e. Barksdale AAF) , "F" signified the training group and "3" stood for the aircraft number within that training group.   

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A. Transition Training
 
 

Army Air Field

Field Letter Code

Aircraft

Code Letter Source

Aloe, TX 

B

A-26

unknown

Barksdale Field, LA

B

B-25, B-26, A-26

Barksdale

Columbia, SC 

(NLA)

B-25, A-26

 

Dodge City, KS 

(NLA)

B-26

 

Florence, SC

F, H

A-20 "H", A-26 "F"

Florence,  H - unknown 

Frederick, OK

S

A-26, B-25, B-26

unknown

Greenville, SC

G

B-25

Greenville

Gunter Field, AL 

G

B-25

Gunter

Lake Charles, LA

L

B-25, B-26, A-26

Lake Charles

MacDill,  FL

(NLA) 

B-26


Marianna, FL

K

A-26

unknown

Morris Field, NC

JJ

A-20, B-25

unknown

Myrtle Beach, SC

W

A-20, B-25

unknown

Pampa, TX

# U 

B-25

unknown

Roswell, NM

W

B-25

RosWell

Selfridge Field, MI 

F, B

A-26, B-26

SelFridge
 

Seymour-Johnson Field , NC

SJ

A-26, B-26

Seymour-Johnson

Temple, TX 
 
 

#J

B-25

unknown

Turner AAF, GA 
 

T

B-25

Turner

 

 # The field letter code was a suffix to the field number code (e.g. 123G)

 


Historical Notes 

  • The Free French Air Force performed 2-E transition training at Gunter, Dodge City and OTU at Selfridge.  
  •  B-25 transition training was conducted at Temple AAF which was a Sub-Base of Waco AAF.
  •  In July of 1944 Turner AAF became an exclusively a B-25 transition training base with 183 B-25's.
  • Dodge City AAF no longer exists as its original site has been converted into an animal feed lot.  

 

 

 
 
 
B. Advanced 2-E and Specialized 2-E

 
  USAAF Western Flying Training Command
 

Army Air Field 

Field Letter Code 

Aircraft

Code Letter Source

Douglas, AZ 

A

B-25, B-26

DouglAs

La Junta, CO 

J

B-25

Junta

Mather Field, CA 

T

B-25

MaTher

Minter Field, CA 

L

B-25

Lerdo

Muroc, CA 


B-25


Roswell, NM 

W

B-25

RosWell

Marana, AZ 

S

B-25

Sahuaro

Williams Field, AZ 

Y

B-25

HigleY

Yuma, AZ *

U

B-25

YUma

 
 * BTO and Radar training 
 
 
 

USAAF Central Flying Training Command
 

Army Air Field 

Field Letter Code

Aircraft

Code Letter Source

Brooks Field, TX 

O

B-25

BroOks 

Enid, OK 

B

B-25, B-26

unknown

Ft. Worth, TX 

M

 
B-26

unknown

Laughlin, TX 

#C, #D, #P# 

B-26

unknown

Pampa,TX

#U

B-25

unknown

Randolph Field,TX

# V #

B-18, B-25

unknown

Waco, TX

# R #

B- 26

unknown

 

 Notes on Field Letter codes: 

  •   # C indicates that the letter code was a suffix to the sequential number (e.g. 202 C)
  •  # R # indicates that the field letter code was an Infix (e.g. 2 R 8

 

 

 

 

 

USAAF Eastern Flying Training Command       

 

Army Air Field

Field Letter Code 

Aircraft 

Code Letter Source 

Marianna,Fl 

K

A-26

unknown

Moody, GA 

 M

A-26

Moody

Tuskegee, AL 

TU

B-25

TUskegee

 
Note: Both Marianna AAF and Moody AAF were dedicated to CCTS for the A-26
 
 * NLA: No Letter Assigned
 
 
 Photo Gallery
 
 
 
Western Flying Training Command 
 
 
 

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"L" coded B-25 based at Minter Field, CA


USAAF Photo courtesy of the Ken Crist Collection

"T" coded B-25H based at Mather Field, CA

(note dual positioned fuselage code)


USAAF Photo

"U" coded B-25 based at Yuma AAF, AZ
 
Photo Courtesy of W.T. Larkins 

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"J" coded B-25's based at La Junta AAF, CO


USAAF Photo from the Collection of Ken Crist


 
Central Flying Traning Command
 
 

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Infix "V" coded B-25 based at Randolph Field, TX
 
USAAF Photo from the Collection of Tom Michel 

Infix "V" coded B-18 based at Randolph Field, TX
 
Source: Collection of Rich Dann 
 
 

"U" coded B-25's based at Pampa AAF, TX
 
USAAF Photo form the Collection of Ken Crist 

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Laughlin_B-26.jpg
DodgeCity_B-26no2.jpg

"D" coded B-26 based at Laughlin AAF, TX


USAAF Photo from the Collection of Ken Crist

Infix "P" coded B-26 based at Laughlin AAF, TX
 
 
Collection of Ken Crist 

Infix "R" coded B-26's based at Waco, TX
 
USAAF Photo 

 

 

 

Eastern Flying Training Command

  

 

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"TU" coded B-25 based at Tuskegee AAF, AL
 
 USAAF Photo from the Collection of Ken Crist
 
 

"K" marked A-26B based at Marianna AAF, FL
 
CCTS training 
 
 USAAF Photo from the Collection of Tom Michel
 
 


 
Transition Training (General)

  

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"B" coded B-26C  based at Barksdale AAF, LA 
 
 
Chris Brame Collection 

"B" coded A-26B based at Barksdale AAF, LA 

 

 Collection of Chris Brame

 

 

"F" coded A-26 based at Florence AAF,SC
 
USAF photo via Invader Hisorical Foundation 
 
 
 

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Gunter_FFAF_TB-25J.jpg

"G" coded B-25's based at Greenville AAF, SC


USAAF Photo from the Collection of F.M. Hargrave

"G" coded TB-25J based at Gunter AAF, GA
(Free French A.F. 2-E training) 
 
Photo source: Unknown 

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"L" coded B-26 formerly based at Lake Charles AAF, LA


Photo from Collection of W.T. Larkins

"L" coded A-26 based at Lake Charles AAF, LA
 
 
Source: Invader Historical Foundation 

Infix "L" coded B-25 based at Lake Charles AAF, LA
 
 
Official USAAF Photo
 
 

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TurnerTB-25No2.jpg

"W" coded B-25 based at Myrtle Beach AAF, SC
 
Chris Brame Collection 

"SJ" coded B-26 based at Seymour-Johnson AAF, NC
 
 
Collection of Chris Brame 

."T" coded TB-25 based at Turner AAF, GA
 (Free French A.F. 2-E training) 
 
 
Photo Source: Unknown 

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