Re: [CombatAircraft] Andrews AFB
- There were a number of military air fields near NYC during the second world
war. Andrews is near Washington DC even today. I will check and see what I
can find out about Air bases near New York.
Flying from California a pilot would have flown over many air bases. A good
many would have stopped for example at Lowery AF (Denver) after crossing
the Rocky Mts. for refueling.
Established first as Camp Springs Army Air Field, Andrews' official history
began Aug. 25, 1941, the day President Franklin D. Roosevelt wrote a letter
to the secretary of war directing the use of the land on which the base now
Located 10 miles southeast of Washington, D.C., in Prince George's County,
Md., the base was under construction during the remainder of 1942 and
became operational May 2, 1943, with the arrival of the first Republic P-47
The name of the base was formally changed to Andrews Field on March 31,
1945, in honor of Lt. Gen. Frank M. Andrews. Gen. Andrews was commander of
European operations for all Army Air Forces at the time of his death in an
aircraft accident near Iceland in 1943. With the establishment of the Air
Force as a separate military service on Sept. 18, 1947, the name was
modified to its present form, Andrews AFB.
From their own web page see the following link
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At 07:43 AM 12/30/2004, you wrote:
>Can anyone confirm to me that 1) Andrews Field was so named in Feb.,
>1945 and/or 2) Andrews Field would have been the air base that one
>would fly into going east from California before flying over New
>York? Or was there an air base in New York, or nearer to New York
>as of April, 1945?
>Esoteric I know.
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