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Decatur County Historical Markers

Bainbridge Army Air Field


  • Source: David Seibert
  • Marker: Bainbridge Army Air Field
  • Location: US 27 at Bainbridge Industrial Park 4 miles north of Bainbridge

BAINBRIDGE ARMY AIR FIELD

IN AUGUST, 1942, ON THIS 2,053 ACRE TRACT, THE U.S. ARMY CONSTRUCTED A BASIC FLIGHT TRAINING FIELD. IT REMAINED OPEN UNTIL 1945. AT ITS PEAK 9600 OFFICERS, ENLISTED MEN, TRAINEES AND WACS WERE STATIONED HERE; THERE WERE 700 CIVILIAN EMPLOYEES, SEVERAL HUNDRED WW II GERMAN P.O.W.s WERE IMPRISONED HERE. IN 1951 SOUTHERN AIRWAYS SCHOOL, A PRIVATE COMPANY, CONTRACTED WITH THE U.S.A.F. TO TRAIN ITS PILOTS. THE BASE CLOSED IN 1961 AND BECAME AN INDUSTRIAL PARK.

ERECTED BY

THE HISTORIC CHATTAHOOCHEE COMMISSION

AND THE DECATUR COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY

1980

J.J.JAXON CO. - EUFAULA, AL.