Arizona in World War II


Arizona served a variety of roles in World War II. The Army Air Forces opened up air fields all over the state: Kingman, Thunderbird I, Thunderbird II, Falcon, Yuma, Marana, Claiborne (Wickenburg), Williams, Luke, Ryan, Davis-Monthan, Douglas, Ajo, and Gila Bend.

Aircraft of all type were flown in Arizona's clear skies. Here's a quick list of some of the planes: B-17, B-24, B-29, B-25, P-51, P-39, P-40, P-38, RP-322, AT-6, BT-13, PT-17, AT-17, AT-9, and AT-11. Due to all the flying activity, accidents did happen. This site is dedicated to all those who served in Arizona during WWII.

We are always looking for more information regarding life at an Army Air Field. Let us know where you were stationed. Here are some other ways to help out. Please contact us if you have visited, or have any information on a crash site, aircraft wrecks, airplane crashes, plane mishaps, aircraft archaeology, or aviation archaeology.  I’m especially interested in original WWII era plane crash photos.  Thank you!

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