Near Marfa in Presidio County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Site of Marfa Army Air Field
The airfield had four hangars, five runways and a unique angled parking apron. There were also several auxiliary fields in the area. Support personnel here included a Women's Army Corps unit established in 1943 and African American troops, assigned primarily to motor pool duties. Trainees included allied Chinese flying cadets, the first class arriving in September 1944.
After Germany surrendered in May 1945, the USAAF considered deactivating Marfa Army Air Field and placed the installation on standby status. However, the need for additional transport aircraft in the Pacific Campaign temporarily extended the mission of the airfield. In June 1945, the USAAF placed the airfield in the Troop Carrier Command as home of the 818th Army Air Forces base.
The USAAF formally deactivated the base in September 1945, and the gradual exodus of the military had a devastating impact
Texas in World War II - 2007
Erected 2007 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 13844.)
Location. 30° 16.518′ N, 103° 52.94′ W. Marker is near Marfa, Texas, in Presidio County. Marker is on U.S. 90, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Marfa TX 79843, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Marfa Lights (here, next to this marker); Paisano Pass (approx. 4 miles away); Marfa Stockyards (approx. 7.6 miles away); Presidio County (approx. 7.7 miles away); Presidio (approx. 7.7 miles away); Blackwell School (approx. 8.6 miles away); Humphris-Humphreys House (approx. 8.6 miles away); Fort D.A. Russell (approx. 8.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Marfa.
More about this marker. Marker is in parking lot of the Marfa Lights viewing center.
Also see . . . Martin & Marfa, Texas. Pictures, articles and information about the Army Air Base, Gliders, Lady Bird Johnson, Movies (including Giant) and the Marfa Lights. (Submitted on January 19, 2010.)
Categories. • African Americans • Notable Buildings • Notable Places • War, World II •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 15, 2010, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. This page has been viewed 1,628 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 15, 2010, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.