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Alexandria Army Air Base

Military site : airfield

Detailed history

The base was opened on 21 October 1942 and performed Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress aircrew training. It was placed on inactive status on September 23, 1946, although a small cadre of Army and Air Force personnel (331 Composite Squadron) remained assigned to Alexandria Municipal Airport throughout the late 1940s.

Its major operating units were:

United States Army Air Forces
67th Airdrome Squadron, 1 February 1943 – 25 March 1943
471st Bombardment Group, 1 May 1943 – 7 May 1943
469th Bombardment Group, 7 May 1943 – 1 April 1944
221st AAF Base Unit, 25 March 1944 – 1 March 1945
329th AAF Base Unit, 1 March 1945 – 23 September 1946

English Heritage's record description

Not yet known



  • Willard Beaird

    Military | Private First Class (6th Grade) | B-17 Gunner

  • John England

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter Pilot | 357th Fighter Group
    Flight leader 362nd FS 357th Fighter Group March 1943 - Feb. 1945 ...

  • Wilton Fremaux

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer / Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Wilton Fremaux enlisted on September 14, 1942. 26 missions; B-17 Flying Fortress; T/SGT; Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner. He was from Alexandria, Louisiana. He was stationed at Kimbolton, England with the 379th Bomber Group, 524th Bomb Squadron....

  • John MacCallum

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 11 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Sorau Germany mission 11-Apr-44 'Tenny Belle' exploded in mid-air near Downham Market, England. Killed in Action (KIA) Awards: AM, PH.

  • Howard Polizzo

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner / Armorer | 379th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). Plane exploded mid-air near Downham Market, England ...


Date Contributor Update
07 July 2021 14:20:27 Emily Changes to known as, usaaf to date, construction date, closure date and person associations

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28 March 2018 04:14:53 TennyBelle Changes to name, latitude, longitude, usaaf from date, construction date, closure date and history


Date Contributor Update
15 March 2018 01:40:19 Tom22 Created entry with name, latitude and longitude

This picture was taken at the 211th AAF BU (Combat Crew Training Station-Heavy) Alexandria Army Air Field, LA. The "Stencil" type number were unique to this base.

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