Courtland in Lawrence County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Courtland Army Air Field (CAAF): Facilities/Deactivation
Courtland Army Air Field (CAAF): Facilities
At its greatest strength, CAAF was home to 4600 officers, enlisted servicemen, and cadets. During the war years it was the largest population center within Lawrence County. Over 370 structures were constructed, including aircraft hangars, operations buildings, warehouses, barracks, mess halls, maintenance facilities, water supply/sewage treatment facilities, a weather station, and a hospital. To help accommodate the sudden influx of personnel during construction and following activation, locals opened their homes to servicemen and their wives. Electricity was supplied by TVA, and a railroad spur was constructed to accept delivery of materials and fuel. A small arms range and a chemical/gas chamber were onsite to support training requirements. Other facilities that provided day-to-day needs and recreation included a PX, officers/enlisted clubs, a chapel, and two theaters. An Army band posted at the base also toured local communities to boost morale and support War Bond drives. As schedules allowed, servicemen took advantage of leisure opportunities on the nearby
Courtland Army Air Field (CAAF): Deactivation
Erected 2011 by Sponcered by the Courtland Historical
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & Space • Industry & Commerce • War, World II. In addition, it is included in the Alabama Historical Association series list. A significant historical date for this entry is June 30, 1945.
Location. 34° 40.1′ N, 87° 20.125′ W. Marker is in Courtland, Alabama, in Lawrence County. Marker is at the intersection of Sanderson Lane and WC Handy Avenue, in the median on Sanderson Lane. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Courtland AL 35618, 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. Courtland Army Air Field (CAAF): Beginnings/Flight Schools (a few steps from this marker); Harris-Simpson Home (approx. 1.3 miles away); A Cotton Kingdom (approx. 1.4 miles away); The African ~ American Experience (approx. 1.4 miles away); The Town of Courtland / Early Settlers (approx. 1.4 miles away); The Red Rovers / Red Rovers Roster (approx. 1.4 miles away); American Legion - Post 58 (approx. 1.4 miles away); Courtland's Early Architecture (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Courtland.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on June 14, 2014, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. This page has been viewed 823 times since then and 108 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on June 14, 2014, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.