The Oakland Airport During World War II  

Military Ships ca. 1948The war years at Oakland Municipal Airport were marked by round-the-clock military activity. The Army Air Corps flew thousands of fighters, bombers, and transport planes in and out of Oakland. The Navy also used Oakland as an auxiliary to the Alameda Naval Air Station. The Navy occupied its own hangars, barracks, warehouse, shops, and other facilities at the west end of the fleld. It had two missions: transport of supplies and flight training for cadets using Stearman N2S biplanes. It was not until 1961 that the 65-acre facility reverted to Port of Oakland ownership when the base was decommissioned and its squadrons transferred to Naval Air Station in Alameda.

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