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Advanced Flight Training; Bombardier Training; Navigation Training; Pre-flight Training

Ellington Field


Ellington Field

Ellington Airport, formerly Ellington Field, is located 15 miles southeast of downtown Houston, Texas.


Eric L. Ellington

Named for 2nd Lt. Eric L. Ellington, a pioneer of military aviation who died in the service of his country in a plane crash near San Diego in 1913, Ellington Field was established early in 1917 as a pilot training center. The major difficulty in its construction was the conversion of a muddy swamp into an airbase. Mechanics and pilots wallowed and sweated in mud and water, working from reveille to taps to keep the rickety old Jennies and the then "new DeHaviland bombers" (remote ancestors of the DeHaviland Mosquitos now scourging Europe) in the air. Yet in spite of difficulties, Ellington Field men pioneered in night flying, aerial ambulance service and many other innovations, along with its constant turn-out of first-class fliers, including Col. W. H. Reid, now commanding the field.

Closed by the War Department in 1920, the field was reopened in 1921 and occupied for a year by the old 1st Pursuit Group. Later it was taken over by the 36th Division, Texas National Guard. It was also used by the 111th Observation Squadron until its transfer in 1926.

The field was forgotten in the years that followed. In 1930 the only remaining remnant of this outstanding World War I field was a single water tank at the south end of the reservation.

In 1940 it sprang into life again, assuming a heroic role in a new and vaster war. The cattle that had grazed in its thick grass were moved out, and in their place came row on orderly row of barracks, streets, runways, aprons, hangars. As an important unit in the vast training program of the Army Air Forces, it now supplies advanced training for pilot cadets destined to fly the great multi-engined bombers, and preflight training for thousands of navigator and bombardier trainees. The combat crews it has cradled are already giving a tremendous account of themselves in enemy skies, and untold thousands more will follow. Ellington Field is proud of its great heritage, and on this firm base looks forward to an ever-expanding vital part in the fight for freedom.

Source: Transcribed from Army Air Forces Collection, "Polaris: Class 43-21, Ellington Field, Ellington, Texas" (item 000516), AAF Collection, http://AAFCollection.info/items/list.php?item=000516 (accessed 09 January 2014), 1943, page 5.

Source: Location and map from Wikipedia contributors, "Ellington Airport (Texas)," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Ellington_Airport_(Texas)&oldid=578994503 (accessed January 9, 2014).

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Ellington Field; Ellington, Texas, USA

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Class 44-03, Ellington Field, Ellington, Texas, Volume 01, Number 04

Class book for advanced navigator class 44-3 at Ellington Field, Ellington, Texas.

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Ellington Field; Ellington, Texas, USA

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Class 44-07, Ellington Field, Ellington, Texas

Class book for advanced navigator class 44-7 at Ellington Field, Ellington, Texas. Volume 1, Number 8.

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Ellington Field; Ellington, Texas, USA

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Class 44-08, Ellington Field, Ellington, Texas, Volume 01, Number 09

Class book for navigator class 44-8 at Ellington Field, Ellington, Texas.

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Ellington Field; Ellington, Texas, USA

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Army Air Forces Pre-flight School, Ellington Field, Ellington, Texas

Handbook for bombardier and navigator cadets at Ellington Field, Ellington, Texas.

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Ellington Field; Ellington, Texas, USA

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A Picture Book of the Field and its Activities

A pictorial of Ellington Field, Ellington, Texas.

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Ellington Field; Ellington, Texas, USA

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Class 43-D, Ellington Field, Ellington, Texas

Class book for advanced pilot class 43-D at Ellington Field, Ellington, Texas.

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Ellington Field; Ellington, Texas, USA

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Class book for advanced pilot class 43-E at Ellington Field, Houston, Texas.

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Ellington Field; Ellington, Texas, USA

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Class 43-I, Ellington Field, Ellington, Texas

Class book for advanced pilot class 43-I at Ellington Field, Ellington, Texas.

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Ellington Field; Ellington, Texas, USA

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Class 44-B, Ellington Field, Houston, Texas

Class book for pilot class 44-B at Ellington Field, near Houston, Texas.

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Ellington Field; Ellington, Texas, USA

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Class 44-D, Ellington Field, Houston, Texas.

Class book for pilot class 44-D at Ellington Field near Houston, Texas.

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Ellington Field; Ellington, Texas, USA

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Class 44-E, Ellington Field, Ellington, Texas

Class book for advanced pilot class 44-E at Ellington Field, Ellington, Texas.

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Ellington Field; Ellington, Texas, USA

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Class 44-F, Ellington Field, Ellington, Texas

Class book for advanced pilot class 44-F at Ellington Field, Ellington, Texas.

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Ellington Field; Ellington, Texas, USA

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Ellington Field, Ellington, Texas

Base activities, aviation cadets and personnel at Ellington Field, Ellington, Texas.

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Hondo Army Air Field; Hondo, Texas, USA

Ellington Field; Ellington, Texas, USA

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Volume 03, Number 01, January 1945

Navigation magazine published by the Army Air Forces.

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Hondo Army Air Field; Hondo, Texas, USA

Ellington Field; Ellington, Texas, USA

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Volume 03, Number 03, March 1945

Navigation magazine published by the Army Air Forces.

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Ellington Field; Ellington, Texas, USA

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Volume 03, Number 04, April 1945

Monthly magazine for navigators and aircrew members.

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Ellington Field; Ellington, Texas, USA

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Workbook used during a navigator training course on weather.

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Ellington Field; Ellington, Texas, USA

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Class 43-17, Ellington Field, Ellington, Texas, Volume 01, Number 04

Class book for bombardier class 43-17B and navigator class 43-17N at Ellington Field, Texas.

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Ellington Field; Ellington, Texas, USA

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Class 43-18, Ellington Field, Ellington, Texas, Volume 01, Number 05

Class book for navigator and bombardier classes 43-18 at Ellington Field, Ellington, Texas.

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Ellington Field; Ellington, Texas, USA

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Class 43-19, Ellington Field, Ellington, Texas

Class book for navigator class 43-19N and bombardier class 43-19B at Ellington Field, Ellington, Texas. Volume 1, Number 6.

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