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Porterville Army Air Field
Porterville Army Air Field was located three miles southwest of the town and was a sub-base to Lemoore Army Air Field. The field had the Air Echelon element from the Western Signal Aviation Unit Training Center, Camp Pinedale, CA.
Source: World War II Sites in the United States: A Tour Guide and Directory by Richard E. Osbourne
US Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District History
Location: The site is located approximately four miles southwest of the City of Porterville in southeastern Tulare County, California.
Site History: The Porterville Army Air Field site, approximately 850 acres, was acquired by the U.S. Government for an Army pilot training facility between 1942 and 1944. Approximately 298 acres were acquired by fee from seven private land owners and 552 acres were leased from the City of Porterville. An easement consisting of 1.53 acres was also acquired for glide angle clearance. After World War II, the U.S. Government (War Assets Administration) disposed of the property between 1948 and 1953. In 1948 by Instrument of Transfer, fee, lease and easement acreage totaling 835.92 acres was returned to the City of Porterville. The remaining 13.79 acres was quitclaimed to the Tulare County Housing Authority through the Housing and Home Finance Agency, Public Housing Administration on April 28, 1953.
Extract, US Army Air Forces Directory of Airfields (January 1945)
Site Maps



Extract, War Department Inventory of Owned, Sponsored and Leased Facilities, December 1945

Combat Crew Training Station

Known Units at Porterville AAF



 Army Station List
 7 April 1945
Army Air Forces:
Section, 68th Army Air Forces Base Unit (1st Weather Region)
473rd Army Air Forces Base Unit (Air Echelon - Western Signal Aviation Unit Training Center)

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