Austin in Travis County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Del Valle Army Air Base
(Bergstrom Air Force Base)
In March 1943, the base was renamed Bergstrom Army Air Field to honor Captain John August Earl Bergstrom, Austin's first casualty of war; he was killed at Clark Field in the Philippines on December 8, 1941. The base name was shortened to Bergstrom Field in November 1943. Crews from Bergstrom saw duty in the invasions of Normandy, southern France, Holland and Germany. After the war, the air field became Bergstrom Air Force Base, assigned to the Continental Air Command, and planes from here participated in the Berlin Airlift, 1948-49.
Over the next 50 years, Bergstrom served as part of both the Strategic Air Command and the Tactical Air Command, sending bombers and reconnaissance aircraft into combat theaters from Korea to Iraq. In 1968, the 12th Air Force moved
Erected 2005 by the Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 13778.)
Location. 30° 12.728′ N, 97° 39.829′ W. Marker is in Austin, Texas, in Travis County. Marker is on New Airport Drive, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9515 New Airport Dr, Austin TX 78719, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Moore’s Crossing Bridge (approx. 3 miles away); Josephus Hornsby (approx. 4 miles away); Santiago del Valle Grant (approx. 4.2 miles away); Site of Home of Reuben Hornsby (approx. 4.3 miles away); John Williams, Howell Hoggett, William Atkinson, Daniel Hornsby (approx. 4.3 miles away); Reuben Hornsby (approx. 4.4 miles away); Pilot Knob (approx. 4.7 miles away but has been reported missing); Texas Dental Association (approx. 4.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Austin.
Also see . . . Wikipedia: Berstrom Air Force Base (Submitted on December 19, 2009, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas.)
Categories. • Military • Notable Places •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 19, 2009, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. This page has been viewed 1,413 times since then and 92 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 19, 2009, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. 3, 4. submitted on October 11, 2013, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.