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Kansas Army Air Fields

During World War II, Kansas was a major United States Army Air Force (USAAF) training center for pilots and aircrews of USAAF fighters and bombers. Kansas was favored because it has excellent, year-round flying conditions. The sparsely populated land made ideal locations for gunnery, bombing, and training ranges.

Four of these Army Air Fields in Kansas were used to train B-29 Combat Crews in WWII, and a fifth Army Air Field was used as a point of deployment for overseas action.

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Training fields:

  • Smoky Hill Army Air Field
  • Walker Army Air Field
  • Pratt Army Air Field
  • Great Bend Army Air Field
  • Herington Army Air Field (deployment)

Related References:

Kansas Army Air Field Documents (.pdf)

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Joe Chovelak

Joe Chovelak, a B-29 crewman in WWII, visited Pratt Kansas this week.
Here are some photos of Joe Chovelak's Flight from Pratt Army Airfield this morning (09/23/09).


Don Nass was a CFC Gunner on a B-29 Superfortress crew in WW II. As an eighteen year old cadet, assigned to the 29th Bomb Group (Very Heavy), he was stationed at Pratt Army Air Field from September, 1944 through January, 1945.