Casper Army Air Base

Casper Army Air Base (HM1Q9B)

Location: Casper, WY 82604 Natrona County
Country: United States of America

N 42° 50.169', W 106° 22.349'

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The summer of 1942 work was begun on an air base in the Casper area. In four months, four thousand workers constructed two hundred buildings, laid utility lines, built streets and laid out runways heavy enough for the largest military planes. On August 15, 1942, the first plane landed at the base. The official opening was on September 1, 1942. Major James A. Moore, a World War I veteran, was commanding officer. The base was built to handle four thousand military personnel. It became a training area for B-24 Liberators. A massive range was created to the west of the base for bombing practice. The air base was officially designated as the Casper Army Air Base. The base served as a training center until it was closed on March 7, 1945. The field became the Natrona County International Airport. This replaced the first airport, Wardwell Field. Many former base personnel stayed in the Casper area helping the city to prosper in the post-war years.
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HM NumberHM1Q9B
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Placed ByNatrona County Historical Society
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Date Added Wednesday, December 30th, 2015 at 1:04pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)13T E 387833 N 4743533
Decimal Degrees42.83615000, -106.37248333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 50.169', W 106° 22.349'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 50' 10.14" N, 106° 22' 20.94" W
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Area Code(s)307
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2205 Fort Caspar Rd, Casper WY 82604, US
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