Columbus Army Air Field book of pictures donated to Archives

A book containing numerous photographs of the Columbus Army Air Field in 1943 was recently donated to the Billups-Garth Archives.

The book includes images of buildings, training, social events, officers, and cartoons created by men working and training on the base.

Established on June 26, 1941, the Columbus Army Air Field was a training base for US Air Force pilots located just north of Columbus. It still operates as a training base known as the Columbus Air Force Base.

In 1942 it was named Kaye Field after Captain Sam Kaye, Jr., decorated World War I pilot from Columbus. It was quickly changed to Columbus Army Flying School, however, when confusion arose over its similar sound to that of Key Field in Meridian, Mississippi.

After World War II, the base remained inactive until 1951 when it was reopened for the Korean War and given its current name.

In addition to the book of photographs, a booklet containing additional images was also donated.  Stay tuned for a peek inside the booklet in the next blog post!

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Published in: on May 9, 2012 at 4:07 pm  Leave a Comment  

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