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Del Valle Army Air Base

(Bergstrom Air Force Base)

 
 
Del Valle Army Air Base (Bergstrom Air Force Base) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith Peterson, December 20, 2007
1. Del Valle Army Air Base (Bergstrom Air Force Base) Marker
Inscription. Following the U.S. entry into World War II, the Army Air Corps established a base here in the Del Valle community on land once a part of the Santiago del Valle Mexican land grant. The City of Austin purchased 3,000 acres to lease to the federal government for use as an air base. Construction began in May 1942 after the removal of homes, churches and businesses, and the first units of the 316th Troop Carrier Group arrived in late September. The base was a replacement center for the First Troop Carrier Command, training pilots to transport combat troops and supplies.

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
Del Valle Army Air Base (Bergstrom Air Force Base) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith Peterson, December 20, 2007
2. Del Valle Army Air Base (Bergstrom Air Force Base) Marker
its headquarters here to a newly completed circular building, nicknamed the "Roundagon." Bergstrom Air Force Base closed in 1992 in compliance with the Base Realignment and Closure Commission, and the city converted it to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in 1999.
 
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
Bergstrom Base Housing image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney
3. Bergstrom Base Housing
Photo of base housing. Photo courtesy of Marvalene Goodloe West, circa 1969.
. (Submitted on December 19, 2009, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas.)
 
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Flight Line image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney
4. Flight Line
Photo of a B-52, taken on the flight line at Bergstrom during open house. Photo courtesy of Marvalene Goodloe West, circa 1969.
 
 
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.
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