Category: Topeka Army Air Field, Topeka, Kansas

Categories: Topeka, Kansas | United States Forts, Camps and Bases

Congress authorized the Topeka Army Air Field (TAAF) building project within two weeks after the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor. Eight months later, the completed air base -- essential buildings, hangars, repair shops, steam heating plants, fuel storage and three 7,000 by 150-foot paved runways -- was formally accepted by the Army Air Corps. In August 1942 the first troops arrived and had to be quartered in the agriculture building on the Topeka Fair Grounds because their green wood two-story barracks buildings weren't finished yet. By September 1942, the field was the home of the 333rd Bombardment Group. By 1945 TAAF was one of three B-29 centers where newly transitioned crews claimed new Superfortresses and took off for the Pacific to aid in the assault on the Japanese home islands. On 31 October 1947 Topeka Army Air Field was inactivated. -The History of Forbes Field (AKA Topeka Army Airfield, AKA Forbes Air Force Base).

Topeka Army Air Field at Kansas Memory has nice collection of photos.

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28 May 1923 Waverly, Tioga County, New York, United States - 24 May 1971

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