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"A" coded AT-11 based at Big Spring AAF, TX 


Official USAAF photo courtesy of the  W.T. Larkins Collection

 

 

 
USAAF Western Flying Training Command

Army Air Field

Field Letter Code

Aircraft

Code Letter Source

Carlsbad, NM

C

AT-11

Carlsbad

Deming, NM

D

AT-11

Deming

Hobbs, NM

H

AT-11

Hobbs

Kirtland Field, NM 

Q

AT-11, RB-18

AlbuQuerque

Lowry Field, CO

(NLA)

AT-11, RB-18


Mather Field, CA 

T

AT-7, A-28, AT-18, B-25

MaTher

Roswell, NM

W

AT-11, AT-17

RosWell

Victorville, CA

V

AT-11

Victorville


Historical Points of Interest 
 
  • Kirtland AAF utilized 28 RB-18 and 155 AT-11 aircraft. 5700 bombadiers were graduated.
  • Kirtland AAF (post  war):  2250 aircraft stored and scrapped.
  • Mather AAF was Navigation training only.
  • Victorville AAF: Post war it became a storage site for 734 B-29's.
 
 
 

USAAF Central Flying Training Command

Army Air Field

Field Letter Code

Aircraft

Code Letter Source

Big Spring, TX

(NLA), then... A

AT-11, AT-18, RB-18

unknown

Childress, TX

(NLA), then ...B

AT-11

unknown

Ellington Field, TX

T

AT-7, AT-18

EllingTon

Hondo, TX

N

AT-7, AT-11, RB-18, RB-34

Navigator School 

Midland, TX

M

AT-11, RB-34

Midland

San Angelo, TX

(NLA)

AT-11, RB-18

 

San Marcos, TX

N

AT-7, AT-18

Navigator School



 
 Historical Points of Interest
  • Childress AAF graduated 4791 Bombardiers
  • Ellington AAF graduated 4000 Bombadiers and Navigators
  • Hondo AAF graduated  14,158 Navigators
  • Midland graduated 6627 Bombardiers
  • San Marcos AAF was Navigation training only 
 
West Texas Bombardier Quadrangle 
  
The bombing ranges for Childress AAF, San Marcos AAF, Midland AAF and Big Spring AAF were combined into one training area comprising 73 bombing sites 
and covering 19 counties. These ranges included a variety of simulated targets (e.g. ships, buidings, refineries, etc) and of course use of the then-secret Norden bombsight.
A most detailed and extensive research paper has been generated by Mr. Larry Riemenscheider of the Texas Historical Commision.. See attached link .
 
    https://www.academia.edu/61797490/_West_Texas_Bombing_Quadrangle
 
 
 


 

USAAF Eastern Flying training Command


Army Air Field

Field Letter Code

Aircraft

Code Letter Source

Selman Field, LA 

(NLA)

 

 

AT-7, AT-18, RB-34, C-45

 

Turner AAF, GA 

T

AT-7

Turner


Historical Note 
 
  • In Sept 1942 the Navigator training unit at Turner was transferred to Selman AAF where it became the largest Navigation school with 15,000 graduates..
 
 
 
Some General Notes of Interest...
   
Deliveries to the USAAF 1946 Surplus Sales Prices *
 
Beech AT-7 Navigator  1142 None available
Beech AT-11 Kansan          1582 $ 7500 - $15,000    
Douglas RB-18 unknown      $ 3000  
Lockheed AT-18 Hudson 300 $ 6000
Lockheed RA-28 Hudson     unknown         $ 6000
Lockheed RB-34 Ventura     unknown $ 1850  
 
* Larkins, W.T., "Surplus  WWII U.S. Aircraft" , 2005, pgs 178-181
 
 
 Photo Gallery
 
 Western Flying Training Command (WFTC)
 

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"C" coded AT-11 based at Carlsbad, NM

(Note repeat of letter code on bottom of fuselage) 

 

USAAF Photo from Collection of Ken Crist

"D" marked AT-11 based at Deming AAF, NM


USAAF Photo from the Collection of Ken Crist

"H" coded AT-11 replicating a Hobbs AAF, NM aircraft


Photo by J.D. Voss @ Travis AFB Museum

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"Q" coded AT-11's based at Kirtland Field, NM
 
 
USAAF Photo via Dan Hagedorn 

"Q" coded RB-18A based at Kirtland Field, NM

 

USAAF Photo from the Collection of Dan Hagedorn 

"T" coded A-28 based at  Mather Field, CA, 

(Aircraft utilized in Navigation training) 

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USAAF photo from the Collection of Ken Crist

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"W" coded AT-11 based at Roswell AAF, NM


Official USAAF Photo from Ken Crist Collection

"V" coded AT-11 based at Victorville AAF, CA


Official USAAF Photo 

"T" coded AT-18 based at Mather AAF, CA
 
 
Photo Source: USAAAF 

 

 

 

  Central Flying Training Command (CFTC)

 

 

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"M" coded RB-34's based at Midland AAF, TX


USAAF Photo from the Collection of John Menzies

"M"coded AT-11 based at Midland AAF, TX
 
USAAF Photo 

"D" coded AT-11 based at Midland AAF, TX
 
 
USAAF Photo 

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"N" coded AT-7 based at  Hondo AAF, TX

Aircraft used specifically for Navigation training 

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USAAF photo from the Collection of Ken Crist

 

 

 

Eastern Flying Training Command

 

Navigation and Bombadier training in this command has yet to be identified.

 

 

Addendum

 

 

Allied Bombardier / Navigation training @ Jackson AAF, Mississippi 

 

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   Above photos taken from the Internet: Original Source unknown.

  

The Royal Netherlands Air Force was issued 24 Beech AT-11 aircraft from USAAF stocks and were painted in a unique scheme. These aircraft were preparing bombadier /navigator crews for the NAA B-25 Mitchell. Note the row of Mitchell bombers on the Jackson ramp with freshly painted RNAF insignia. In addition the RNAF was issued a nandful of Lockheed C-40 Electra's & C-60 Lodestar's for local liason usage.  As a point of interest a complete Flying Training program was also established at Jackson AAF for Dutch personnel seeking pilot ratings.  These personnel were subjected to the identical US flying training program utilizing USAAF marked aircraft for Primary, Basic and Advanced. These training aircraft displayed the Jackson AAF fuselage field letter code of a suffixed "J" (e.g. 234 J).  

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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