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"GD" coded BT-13's based at Greenwood AAF, MS


Official USAAF photo courtesy of the Alan Hammons Collection

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Beginning in mid-1943 the USAAF (as well as the USN) began replacing the Vultee BT-13 / BT-15 Valiant from the basic phase of flying training with the North American AT-6 Texan. Therefore it will be will noted that the AT-6 is occasionally included as the assigned trainer. Considering that 9,500 Valiants were produced the transition to the AT-6 was never 100 per cent by V-J Day. 

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USAAF Western Flying Training Command

Army Air Field

Fuselage Letter Code

Aircraft

Code Letter Source

Chico, CA 

M

BT-13

Moffett Field*

Gardner Field, CA

F

BT-13

TaFt, CA

Lemoore, CA

R

BT-13

LemooRe

Marana, AZ

S

BT-13, AT-6

Sahuaro

Mather Field, CA

I,T **

BT-13, AT-6

Instructor, MaTher

Merced, CA

E

BT-13, AT-6

MErced

Minter Field, CA

L

BT-13

Lerdo

Moffett Field, CA 

M

BT-13

Moffett

Pecos, TX 

P

BT-13

Pecos

Stockton Field, CA 

K

BT-13

StocKton

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* Fuselage code "M" was originally assigned to Moffett Field when it was a USAAC base. In 1942 Moffett Field was returned to the USN and the USAAC transfered its assets to a new base in Chico, CA. The BT-13's retained the fuselage code of "M".


** Both code letters  "I" & "T" were used concurrently at Mather. The "I" identified aircraft of the brief "Centralized Pilot Instructors School".

 

Notes:

 Stockton Field: Originally an advanced S-E school using the AT-6. At some point in time it converted to an adv 2-E school using AT-20 et.al. In 1944 it converted again to a basic Flying school. 

 

Pecos AAF: In 1944 Pecos AAF converted from a basic Flying school to an adv-2E school utilizing AT-17 / UC-78 aircraft.    


 

 

Cal-Aero / Polaris Contract Basic Flying Schools

Airfield

Fuselage Letter Code

Aircraft

Ontario (Chino), CA

A, then O

BT-13

Lancaster (War Eagle), CA

B

BT-13



When BFTS#2 closed out of Lancaster, CA (War Eagle Field) the Polaris Academy performed contract Basic flying training for USAAF cadets. The British fuselage letter code of "BL" was changed to "B" as Cal-Aero (Chino) was an "A". In 1944 basic training at Chino was cancelled and some assets were transferred to Lancaster. Therefore Lancaster had a mix of letter codes of both A & B. 
 
In mid 1944 Cal Aero's Mira Loma Academy Contract Primary school (Oxnard) re-located to War Eagle (Lancaster) and replaced Polaris Academy contract basic.  
 
 
 
    

 

USAAF Central Flying Training Command

Army Air Field

Fuselage Letter Code

Aircraft

Code Letter Source

Avenger Field,  TX

U

BT-13

HoUston, TX

Coffeyville, KS

(NLA)

BT-13, BT-14

 

Enid, OK 

(NLA)

BT-13

 

Garden City, KS

(NLA)

BT-13

 

Goodfellow Field, TX (to 1944)

unknown 

BT-9, BT-13, BT-14

 

Goodfellow Field, TX (post 1944)

#E 

AT-6

 unknown

Independence, KS

S

BT-13, BT-14

unknown

Majors Field, TX

(NLA)

BT-13

 

Perrin Field, TX

N

BT-13, BT-14

PerriN

Randolph Field, TX

H

BT-9, BT-13

RandolpH

Strother Field, KS

# K

BT-13

Kansas

Waco, TX

(NLA)

BT-13, AT-6

 

 

(NLA):  No Letter Assigned 

 

#  The letter code was a suffix to the sequential number (e.g. 201K) 

 


USAAF Eastern Flying Training Command


Army Air Field

Fuselage Letter Code

Aircraft

Code Letter Source

Bush Field, GA

A

BT-13

Augusta, GA

Bainbridge, GA

B

BT-13, AT-6

Bainbridge

Cochran Field, GA

C

BT-13, AT-6

Cochran

Courtland, AL

CL

BT-13

CourtLand

Gunter Field, AL

G

BT-13, BT-14, AT-6

Gunter

Greenwood, MS

GD

BT-13

GreenwooD

Greenville, MS

GR

BT-13

GReenville

Jackson, MS

J

BT-13, AT-6

Jackson

Malden, MO

ML

BT-13

MaLden

Maxwell, AL

M

BT-13

Maxwell

Newport, AR

NE

BT-13

NEwport

Shaw Field, SC  **

S

BT-13

Shaw

Spence Field, GA *

SP

AT-6

SPence

Tuskegee, AL

TU

BT-13

TUskegee

Walnut Ridge, AR

W

BT-13

Walnut

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* In 1945 basic flight training was transferred from Cochran to Spence utilizing the AT-6.

* * In October 1942 basic flight training was discontinued and replaced with an advanced school flying both AT-6 and AT-10 aircraft.

 

Note: Basic flying training was conducted at Stewart Field, NY and was excusively for the cadets at the USMA, West Point, NY. Their BT-13's carried no letter codes.

 

 


 

  .Historical Notes

  •  Vultee Valiant production: 9,525 (BT-13: 7,832) + (BT-15: 1693)
  •   Cadets received about 70 hours flight time prior to moving on to advanced 
  • The above training aircraft fuselage letter codes for the EFTC were assigned by a letter dated 20 May 1942 from "HQ, S.E. Army Air Forces Training Center, Maxwell Field, AL".
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"NE" coded BT-13 based at Newport AAF, AR

 

Photo courtesy of Jackson Co. Library, Newport, AR,

RE: "Newport Army Airfield Armed Forces Training Command", Army & Navy Publishing of Lousiana, Baton Rouge, LA


Official USAAF Photo

"L" coded  BT-13 based at Minter Field, CA


 USAAF Photo from Collection of Ken Crist

"A" coded BT-13's based at Bush Field, GA

 

USAAF Photo

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BainBT-13.jpg
LeemoreBT-15.jpg

"K" coded BT-13's based at Strother Field, KS 

Photo courtesy of Strother Field Airport, KS
Official USAAF Photo

"B" coded BT-13 based at Bainbridge AAF, GA


Photo courtesy of San Diego Air & Space Museum

"R" coded BT-15 based at Lemoore AAF, CA  



W.T. Larkins photo

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"S" coded BT-13's based at Marana AAF, AZ


Official USAAF photo courtesy of theS. Hoza Collection

Surplus BT-13 with "C" code formerly assigned to Cochran Field, GA  

 


Photo by Doug Olson via W.T. Larkins

"M" coded BT-13 's based at  Chico AAF, CA 
 

USAAF photo from the Collction of Ken Crist

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"N" coded  BT-13 based at Perrin Field, TX



Official USAAF Photo

"U" coded BT-13 based at Avenger Field, TX



Photo credit as noted

"O" coded BT-15 operated by Cal-Aero at Ontario (Chino), CA

 


Photo by W.T. Larkins

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"CL" coded BT-13 based at Courtland AAF, AL


Photo courtesy of San Diego Air and Space Museum 

"F" coded BT-13 based at Gardner Field, CA



USAAF Photo form the Collection of Ken Crist 

"B" coded BT-13 operated by Polaris Academy, Lancaster (War Eagle Field), CA


Photo courtesy of California State Military Museum

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"GD" coded BT-13 based at Greenwood AAF, MS


Photo from the Collection of Allan Hammons

"GR" coded BT-13's on the flight ramp of Greenville AAF, MS


Photo from the Collection of Allan Hammons

"G" coded BT-13 based Gunter Field, AL


USAAF Photo

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MercedBT13.jpg
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"S" coded BT-13's  based at Shaw Field, SC


USAAF Photo from the Collection of Ken Crist

"E" coded BT-13 based at Merced AAF, CA


USAAF Photo from the Collection of Ken Crist

"M" coded BT-13's based at Moffett Field, CA


USAAF Photo from the Collection of Ken Crist

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"E" coded AT-6 based at Merced AAF, CA utilized in "BT" role


USAAF photo from the Collection of Ken Crist

"W" coded BT-13 based at Walnut Ridge AAF, AR 


USAAF photo from the Collection of Ken Crist

 "E" coded AT-6 based at Goodfellow AAF, TX utilized in "BT" role


USAAF photo from the Collection of Craig Fuller 

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"C" coded AT-6's based at Cochran Field, GA utilized in "BT" role


USAAF Photo

"S" coded BT-14 based at Independence AAF, KS


USAAF Photo courtesy of the Tom Michel Collection

"A" coded BT-13's based at Cal-Aero, Chino, CA


USAAF Photo courtesy of the Ken Crist Collection

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Max_BT-15No2.jpg
GRB-13No1.jpg

"ML"  coded BT-13's based at Malden AAF, MO
 
Photo Courtesy of the Malden MO, MAAPS Military Museum 

"M" coded BT-13's based at Maxwell Field, AL
 
USAAF photo from Air University Office, Maxwell AFB, AL  
 
 

 "GR" coded BT-13 based at Greenville AAF, MS 
 
 
 
Official USAAF Photo 

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MaranaAT-6.jpg

"G" coded AT-6 based at Gunter AAF, AL utilized in 'BT' Role 
 
 
USAAF Photo 

"S" coded AT-6 based at Marana AAF, AZ utilized in 'BT' role
 
Harry Thorell photo from Collection of W.T. Larkins  

 
 
Note: More BT-13 images are illustrated in the subsections titled Miscellaneous Codes and Unknown Codes