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Gardner Field
 
 
Gardner Field was a small Army Air Forces training field authorized in 1940 and activated in 1941. It was located 9 miles southeast of Taft. The field was operated by the Air Technical Service Command. Gardner operated BT-13 & PT-17 aircraft for primary training. The original configuration of the airfield at Gardner is unknown, but it was depicted on the 1945 Mojave Aeronautical Chart with the symbol indicating that its longest runway was between 5,500-6,500'. Auxiliary air fields serving Gardner Field were:
 
 
Although the date of closure of Gardner AAF is unknown, it was still depicted as an active military airfield on the 1944 Los Angeles Sectional Chart. Gardner most likely closed shortly after the end of World War II, if not before. It was no longer depicted as an airfield of any kind on the 1964 LA Sectional Chart.
 
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Source: World War II Sites in the United States: A Tour Guide and Directory by Richard E. Osbourne
 
 
Known Units at Gardner Field
 
Present 7 December 1941
 
Hq, Air Corps Basic Flying School
328th School Squadron
329th School Squadron
545th School Squadron
Hq and Hq Sq, 73rd Air Base Group (Special):
79th Material Squadron (Special)
63rd Air Base Squadron (Special)
Air Force Band
Sub Depot
Det, 1st Communications Squadron
Det, 1st Weather Squadron
Det, 853rd Ordnance Service Company (Aviation)
Det, Company L, 34th Quartermaster Regiment (Truck)
Det, Company A, 93rd Quartermaster Battalion (Lt Maint)
Det, 858th Signal Service Company (Aviation)

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