Lemoore Army Air Field

On an ideally flat treeless plain sprawled in the central San Joaquin Valley, the Lemoore Army Flying School trained men who flew and men who kept them flying.

In December of 1940, the Lemoore Army Air Field was merely a buzzing of rumors, but in one short year, through the combination of military and civilian ingenuity, the buzzing of rumors had been transformed to the roaring of motors of the first BT-13’s at the basic flying school on 960 acres of farm land the Army had selected.

On the first day of October 1941, Project Officer, Colonel Arthur J. Lehman and thirteen enlisted “pioneers” established temporary headquarters at the American Legion building in Lemoore. On December 16, 1941, the barracks at the field were ready and the first class of cadets arrived. Officers and men were assembled from camps all over the country. Personnel representing every state in the Union made this a veritable melting pot, and the men of that melting pot had but one objective, to train flying fighting men. Basic training began December 20,1941.

Along with the flight training, supplementary schools were established. Numerous ground crew training activities prepared men as Link Trainer instructors, radio and control tower operators, and aircraft mechanics. Classes were also conducted in the mathematics of celestial navigation. Even the few prisoners attended school where grade and high school subjects were taught.

The base was decommissioned on September 30, 1945.

On March 5, 1944 Jack Benny broadcast his radio show from the Air Field. The recording of this program was provided by the International Jack Benny Fan Club.



Lemoore Army Air Field
A collection of 51 building photographs taken in 1942
Originals are located on the MilitaryMuseum.org website

Bldg 1000 Gate House

Squadron Street

Squadron Area

Bldg 323 Base Headquarters

Bldg 159 Squadron Operations Building

Bldg 250 88th AB Squadron Orderly Room

Bldg 496 Cadet & Base Operations Building

Bldg 762 Link Trainer Building

Telephone and Telegraph Building

Bldg 704 Officers Quarters

Bldg 405 Officers Mess

Bldg 406 Officers Club and Mess

Bldg 705 Hospital Admin

Bldg 712 Infirmary

Bldg 714 Hospital Combination Ward

Bldg 717 Hospital Combination Ward

Bldg 718 Hospital Combination Ward

Bldg 728 Hospital Mess Hall

Bldg 729 Hospital Storehouse

Hospital Covered Walk

Bldg 736 Hospital heating Plant

Bldg 713 Flight Surgeon

Bldg 706 Nurses Quarters

Bldg 23 63 Man Barracks

Bldg 760 Recreation Building

Bldg 445 1000 Man Cadet Mess

Cadet Mess

Bldg 571 Post Exchange

Bldg 737 Typical Day Room

Bldg 25 836th QM Trk Co Mess Hall

Bldg 426 Cadet Day Room - 250 Man

Bldg 430 Cadet Supply Room

Bldg 666 Theater

Bldg 321 School Building

Bldg 263 Guardhouse

Building 260 Fire Station

Bldg 137 Fueling Point

Water Plant

Bldg 103 Pumphouse No 1

Bldg 103 Interior of Pumphouse No 1

Bldg 103 Interior of Pumphouse No 1

Bldg 159 Parachute Building

Power Substation

Bldg 122 Paint & Oil Storage

Bldg 123 Paint and Dope Shop

Bldg 136 Utility Shop

Bldg 141 Warehouse

Bldg 124 Warehouse Ordnance & Signal

Bldg 138 Commissary

Bldg 194 Motor Maintenance Shop

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Formation flight of Vultee BT-13 Aircraft from Lemoore AAF