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Chanute Field

Military site : airfield

Chanute Field was established in 1917 as a training ground for pilots. After a brief closure at the end of the First World War, the airfield was designated a technical school and provided training for ground personnel during the Second World War.

In 1948 the base was renamed Chanute Air Force Base and underwent upgrades to make it suitable for jet aircraft. Flying training ceased at Chanute in 1971 and from 1977, the base was used for Cruise Missile Training. The US Department of Defense recommended Chanute for closure in 1988, and was the base was officially closed in 1993.

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  • George Ahles

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot | 353rd Fighter Group
    Enlisted USAAC Nov-39. Posted to A-20 light bomber squadron. Qualified for pilot training Nov-40. Entered Aviation Cadets Jan-42. Presented wings Nov-42. Advanced pilot training Sep-42. Married Sep-42. Joined 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF nucleus Dec-42....

  • Roy Alldritt

    Military | P-47 thunderbult pilot | 362nd Fighter Group
    ROY J. ALLDRITT, Bozeman, Montana, enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1940. After a few months of flight line experience helping crew B.18's and B.17's he attended a six months aircraft maintenance training school at Chanute Field, Ill. After...

  • Arden Anderson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 446th Bomb Group
    Anderson was born in 1918 and grew up in the small town of Menasha, Wisconsin, where he graduated with honors from the local high school during the Great Depression. He enlisted in the Army at Chanute Field, Illinois, where he passed the Air Corps test...

  • Ernest Barber

    Military | Master Sergeant | Crew Chief | 392nd Bomb Group
    Entered service 3 February 1942 at Fort McPherson in Atlanta, GA. Graduated 20 weeks Airplane & Engine Mechanics Chanute Field,IllGraduated 04 weeks B-24 Specialist training Ford Bomber Plant at Ypsilanti, Mich. 1942. On site training at Davis...

  • Dale Beasley

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 446th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 705BS, 446BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) in B-24 41-28814 Operation Varsity; shot down by ground fire at low level, A/C crashed near Wesel. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 13537 Awards: DFC, AM (OLC), PH.

  • James Beck

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Operations | 20th Fighter Group
    Enlisted in 2nd Infantry, 5th Division, Fort Custer, MI. Transferred to Camp Forrest, TN. Opened up new camp January 1941. Transferred to Air Corps December 1941, Jefferson Barracks, MO. Then to Chanute Field for familiarization course on airplanes,...

  • Robert Bergstrom

    Military | Flight Officer | MOS 1026 - Glider Pilot | 437th Troop Carrier Group
    On 07 November 1941 Robert entered the service as a private in the Air Corps from Chanute Field, Illinois. He had four years of high school education, was single, without dependents and his civilian occupation was listed as: "Actors and actresses". ...

  • Richard Bishop

    Military | Captain | Fighter pilot | 55th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 343FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF. 270 Hrs on 72 missions. Credited 1 destroyed, 1 x damaged [Air], 1 x destroyed [Ground]. Completed Tour of Duty (ETD). Transferred to the 70th Replacement Depot. ...

  • John Boersig

    Military | Flight Officer | MOS 1026 - Glider Pilot | 437th Troop Carrier Group
    On 01 July 1942 Jack enlisted in the service from Chanute Field, Illinois, as a private in the Air Corps. He had one year of college education, was single, without dependents and his civilian occupation was listed as: "Accountants and auditors". ...

  • Larry Bredda

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 27th Air Transport Group
    June 1941 Joined Army Air Forces ...

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03 June 2021 12:45:33 Emily Created entry with name, known as, latitude, longitude, construction date, closure date, description, person associations and media associations

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