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Rice Army Air Field
 
Rice Army Air Field, 1942 (courtesy San Bernardino County Library).
 
 
Located two miles southeast of the town of Rice, Rice AAF was a small airfield and a sub-base of Thermal Army Air Field and later, San Bernardino Army Air Field. It was used to train pilots and crews of aircraft whose mission it was to support ground troops. This included a wide variety of aircraft from observation planes to bombers. The airfield consisted of two paved 5,000' runways and numerous dispersal pads extending off the runways to the south.
In order to house the more than 3,000 men, the Army constructed temporary barracks and other buildings. By 1944, the airfield was assigned to March Field as a sub-base. Rice Army Air Field was closed later mid-1944, and declared surplus at the end of 1944.
 
Source: World War II Sites in the United States: A Tour Guide and Directory by Richard E. Osbourne

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