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    Cold Bay Airfield (Thornbrough Field) Alaska United States
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Lat 55° 12' 22N Long 162° 43' 31W  Cold Bay Airfield is located an elevation of 96' above sea level at Cold Bay on a peninsula in southern Alaska in the United States.

Built by U.S. Army during the Pacific War.

Wartime History
On June 11, 1942 the first U.S. Army Air Force (USAAF), 11th Air Force (11th AF) bombing mission against Kiska Island originated from Cold Bay Airfield when five B-24's and five B-17s took off bound for Umnak Airfield to load bombs before departing to bomb Kiska Island.

Naming Honors
Cold Bay Airfield was later renamed Thornbrough Army Air Field (Thornbrough Field, Thornbrough AFB) in honor of Captain George W. Thornbrough Missing In Action (MIA) on June 4, 1942 piloting B-26 Marauder 40-1408 on a mission to bomb a Japanese task force and crashed near Cold Bay.

American units based at Cold Bay
28th BG, 73rd BS (12 x B-26) June 1942
11th FS (P-40 detachment) Fort Glenn ? - September 1, 1942 Fort Glenn
343rd FG, HQ (P-40) Elmendorf December 25, 1942 - ?
343rd FG, 344th FS (P-40) Elmendorf November 12, 1942 - December 25, 1942 Elmendorf
Composite Squadron 21 (VC-21) arrived via USS Nassau late April 1943
31st Air Service Squadron
15th Tow Target Squadron
10th AAF Emergency Rescue Boat Squadron (10th AAF ERBS)
120th AACS Squadron
396th Base HQ and Air Base Squadron
398th Base HQ and Air Base Squadron
400th Base HQ and Air Base Squadron

Still in use to today as Cold Bay Airport as a civilian airport with two runways. The first is oriented 26/08 measures 4,235' x 150' surfaced with asphalt. The second is oriented 32/14 measures 1,0415' x 150' surfaced with asphalt. Airport codes: FAA: CDB / ICAO: PACD / IATA: CDB.

P-38E Lightning 41-2006
Excavated by Dick Odgers during 1987

P-38E Lightning 41-2027
Excavated by Dick Odgers during 1987

P-40E Warhawk 41-9705
Excavated by Dick Odgers during 1987

P-40K Warhawk 42-9791
Excavated by Dick Odgers during 1987

P-40K Warhawk 42-45946
Excavated by Dick Odgers during 1987

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Last Updated
April 7, 2020


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