Datelan Army Air Field
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member leadhiker
N 32° 47.965 W 113° 32.443
12S E 262088 N 3631909
Quick Description: The airfield was established on 1 January 1943 as a United States Army Air Forces training airfield, being under the command of the 3037th Army Air Force Base Unit, AAF Western Flying Training Command.
Location: Arizona, United States
Date Posted: 5/17/2010 11:34:24 AM
Waymark Code: WM8VKG
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member cache_test_dummies
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Long Description:
Datelan Army Air Field was established here January 1, 1943. The site was chosen due to the availability of water and the adjacent location of the Yuma Gunnery Range. Construction was completed June 1, 1943. Datelan AAF was a sub-base of Yuma Army Air Field, which was the location of the Army advanced flying school. Colfred, Stovall, and Wellton Gunnery Ranges were also established nearby. The base was originally designed for single engine gunnery training, but was converted to twin engine gunnery school in September 1943. The post was garrisoned on July 8, 1943. In addition to security and maintenance of the base, the troops provided services for several flying organizations. Among these were Mather Army Air Field, which based 60 B-25J gun ships here from December 25, 1943 to January 20, 1944, logging a total of 11,000 hours of flight training. This monument is dedicated to all the soldiers and airmen that served here, especially those that gave their lives in training and in the skies above Europe, Asia, and the Pacific as they defeated the Axis powers.
Marker Name: Datelan Army Air Field

Type of history commemorated: Place

County: Yuma

Name of any agency/ agencies setting marker:
Lost Dutchman, Billy Holcomb, John P Squtbor Queho Posse, Peter Lebeck and Matt Warner Chapters of E Clampus Vitus and Dateland Elementary School.

Year placed: 2002

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