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    Elmendorf Field (Elmendorf AFB) Alaska United States
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USAAF August 1941

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Lat 61° 15' 4N Long 149° 48' 23W  Elmendorf Field is located adjacent to Fort Richardson and Anchorage in Alaska in the United States. Located at an elevation of 212' above sea level. During World War II, known as "Elmendorf Field" or "Elmendorf Army Air Base".

Built on the grounds of Fort Richardson. Established on June 27, 1940. Construction began on June 8, 1940. The runway was completed on January 14, 1941. Lengthened August 1945.

Naming Honors
On November 12 1940 the airfield was officially designated "Elmendorf Field" in honor of Captain Hugh M. Elmendorf, killed in a flight testing accident in 1933.

Wartime History
During February 1941, the 18th Pursuit Squadron flying P-36 Hawks arrived at Elmendorf with the 23rd Air Base Group assigned shortly afterwards to provide support. The Eleventh Air Force was formed at Elmendorf during early 1942.

Wartime History
On January 14, 1942 the Alaska Air Force is activated at Elmendorf Field, C.O. Lieutenant Colonel Everett S Davis. On March 15, 1942 the 11th Air Force is activated here, C.O. Colonel Norman D Sillin. 11th Air Force Services Command is activated on June 21, 1942 at the airfield.

This base was developed into an important 11th Air Force base during WWII, a staging area for aircraft and squadrons based in the Aleutian Islands. Also, as a staging point for lend-lease aircraft deliveries to Russia. Also, RCAF P-40s were based at Elmendorf during the war.

American units based at Elmendorf
18th PS (P-36 Hawks) February 1941
23rd Air Base Group 1941
42nd BG (B-26 det) Dec 29, 41 - May 30, 42 Umnak Oct 3, 42 Adak
77th BS (B-26 det) Dec 29, 41 May 30, 42 Umnak Oct 3, 42 Adak
11th PS (P-40) December 30, 1941 -
28th CG HQ ? - March 14, 1943 Adak
11th AF HQ activated March 15, 1942 - Aug 10, 1943 Adak
28th CG 73rd BS ? - April 1, 1943 Adak
28th CG 404th BS ? - March 22, 1943 Umnak
28th CG, 36th BS (B-18) ? - February 9, 1942 Kodiak
28th CG, 18th PS (P-40) ? - April 18, 1942 Kodiak
28th CG, 11th FS (P-40) ? - (det) May 25, 1942 Cold Bay (det) May 26, 1942 Umnak (det) June 1, 42 Umnak
55th FG, 54th FS (P-39, P-38, P-40) May 31, 1942 -
343rd FG HQ (P-40) activated Oct 10 - September 1, 1942 Umnak - Dec 25, 42 Cold Bay - March 7, 43 Adak
343rd FG, 344th (P-40) activated Oct 10 - Set 1, 1942 Umnak - Dec 25, 42 Cold Bay
54th FG, 56th FS (P-39, P-40) det Oct 20, 42 Nome det Nov 12, 42 Cold Bay
54th FG, 57th FS (P-39) Nome Oct 20 - Sept 30, 1942 Kodiak
41th BG, 406th BS (A-29, B-18, B-25) USA June 1942 (det) July 25 Adak - Aug 13, 43 departs October 18, 1943 to USA

On December 18, 1945 the 11th Air Force was redesignated the Alaskan Air Command (AAC). On January 1, 1947 The Alaskan Command was established as a unified command under the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

On March 3, 1951 officially transferred from the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) to the U. S. Air Force (USAF) and became known as Elmendorf Air Force Base (Elmendorf AFB). During the Cold War, Elmendorf assumed an increasing role in the defense of both Alaska and North America. In the spring of 1957, the runways were enlarged with the addition of concrete aprons.

Elmendorf is a military airfield with two runways. The first is oriented 24/06 measures 10,000' x 200' surfaced with Porous European Mix (PEM). The second is oriented 34/16 measures 7,500' x 150' surfaced with asphalt. Airport codes: FAA: EDF / ICAO: PAED / IATA: EDF. Elmendorf is the largest USAF installation in Alaska and home of the Headquarters, Alaskan Comm.

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P-38G Lightning 42-13400 displayed on pedestal

Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson - Elmendorf Air Force Base History

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October 23, 2019


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