Historic California Posts, Camps,
Stations and Airfields
Elk Grove Auxiliary
Field No. 5)
On 22 December 1942, the War Department
acquired, through the Federal condemnation process, a quarter-section
(160 acres) tract for the establishment of a auxiliary air field
for the Army Air Forces' Mather Field. However, the initial plan
to establish the Site as an 'all weather' (i.e. paved) was cancelled
a week later on 28 December 1942. Documentation suggests that
2,200' x 2,500' landing area was prepared and awaiting paving
at the time of cancellation.
On 30 April 1943, the Commanding General of the Army Air Forces
made the determination that the Site was no longer needed to
support operations at Mather Field. The reason for this was that
the Site was too small to permit operations by the multi-engine
aircraft that were operating from Mather Field. There is no evidence
that the U.S. Army built any structures at the Site.
On 23 November 1943, the Site was revested (returned) to the
original owners. In addition to a monetary settlement made to
the property owners, the tenants on the property at the time
of the condemnation received reimbursement for crops that were
damaged by the U.S. Army.
The remained agricultural land for several decade until the early
2000's when it was developed into a planned residential neighborhood.
US Army Corps of Engineers
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