Hondo in Medina County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Hondo Army Air Field
The H.B. Zachry Construction Company of San Antonio utilized about 3,000 workers over 90 days to complete Hondo Army Air Field (HAAF), which featured three main runways, aviation facilities, streets, utilities, and hundreds of support buildings. The City of Hondo, with a population then numbering about 2,800, supported many thousands more at the air field when it opened in July 1942. Navigator coursework took up to 20 weeks, and in time other aviation units and activities were based here. HAAF trained about 3,000
Over the course of the war, HAAF trained 14,158 navigators, including some from allied nations in Europe. In 1945, the military closed the navigator training school and deactivated HAAF. The U.S. Air Force reactivated the field for military training from 1951-58 for pilot training and from 1973-2000 for the flight screening program. The site has continued to house various government and civilian functions, expanding the impact of this vital wartime facility.
Erected 2019 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 22424.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & Space • War, World II • Women. A significant historical month for this entry is February 1942.
Location. 29° 21.481′ N, 99° 10.13′ W. Marker is in Hondo, Texas, in Medina County. Marker is on Vandenberg Road, 0.1 miles north of Harper, on the left when traveling north. The marker is located at the front entrance to the South Texas Regional Airport terminal building. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 700 Vandenberg Road, Hondo TX 78861, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Hondo Army Air Field (a few steps from this marker); Southern Pacific DepotMission Valley (approx. 1.4 miles away); Stephen F. Austin Memorial Oak Tree (approx. 1.7 miles away); Medina County Courthouse (approx. 1.7 miles away); Leinweber Building (approx. 1.7 miles away); Hondo (approx. 1.7 miles away); Old Medina County Jail (approx. 1.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hondo.
Also see . . .
1. Hondo Army Airfield.
Hondo Army Airfield is in northwest Hondo off U.S. Highway 90 in Medina County. In early 1942 Hondo applied for a United States Army Air Force pilot-training facility. Citizens acquired guarantees of 400 housing units in less than two days. Authorization for construction of the navigation school arrived from Washington in March 1942. Source: The Handbook of Texas(Submitted on March 18, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.)
2. WWII’s Tragic Aviation Accidents.
During World War II, more than 13,000 American aviators lost their lives in training accidents at home before they ever faced the enemy. Their sacrifice is all but forgotten today.(Submitted on March 18, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.)
Source: Warfare History Network
Credits. This page was last revised on March 18, 2022. It was originally submitted on March 17, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 176 times since then and 46 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 18, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.