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

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Official USAAF photo courtesy of the Alan Hammons Collection

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Beginning in late 1944 the USAAF (as well as the USN) began replacing the Vultee BT-13 / BT-15 Valiant from the Basic phase of flight training with the North American AT-6 Texan. As a result in the data below it will be will noted that the AT-6 is occasionally included as the assigned trainer. Considering that 9,500 Valiants were produced the transistion to the AT-6 was never 100 per cent by V-J Day.    

USAAF Western Flying Training Command
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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

Mather

Merced, CA

E

BT-13, AT-6

Merced

Minter Field, CA

L

BT-13

Lerdo, CA

Moffett Field, CA 

M

BT-13

Moffett

Stockton AAF, CA ***

K

BT-15, AT-6

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".

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

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*** In 1944 Stockton AAF transitioned from an Advanced 2-E school to a Basic school. 

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Cal-Aero Contract Flying Schools

Airfield

Fuselage Letter Code

Aircraft

Ontario (Chino), CA

A, then O

BT-13

Lancaster (War Eagle), CA

B

BT-13

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When BFTS#2 closed out of Lancaster, CA (War Eagle Field) the Polaris Academy became Cal-Aero (of Chino) and performed contract Basic flight 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 assets were transferred to Lancaster. Therefore Lancaster had a mix of letter codes (A, B & O)     

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USAAF Central Flying Training Command
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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, TX

(NLA

BT-13

 

Independence, KS

S

BT-13, BT-14

unknown

Majors, TX

(NLA)

BT-13

 

Malden, MO

ML

BT-13

Malden

Pecos, TX

P

BT-13

Pecos

Perrin, TX

N

BT-13, BT-14

Perrin

Randolph Field, TX

C, H

BT-9, BT-13

Randolph

San Angelo, TX

(NLA)

BT-9, BT-13, BT-14

 

Strother, KS

# K

BT-13

Kansas (?)

Waco, TX

(NLA)

BT-13

 

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                       (NLA):  No Letter Assigned  

 

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USAAF Eastern Flying Training Command

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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

Gunter

Greenwood, MS

GD

BT-13

Greenwood

Greenville, MS

GR

BT-13

Greenville

Jackson, MS

J

BT-13

Jackson

Newport, AR

NE

BT-13

Newport

Shaw Field, SC

S

BT-13

Shaw

Spence Field, GA *

SP

AT-6

Spence

Stewart Field, NY

?

BT-13

 

Turner Field, GA

T

BT-13

Turner

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.

# The letter code was a suffix to the assigned sequential number (e.g. 302K)   

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  .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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"G" coded BT-14 based at Gunter AAF, AL

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USAAF Photo courtesy of the San Diego Aerospace Museum

 

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MintBT13No3.jpg
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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

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Official USAAF Photo

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

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 USAAF Photo from Collection of Ken Crist

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

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Courtesy of San Diego Air and Space Museum

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"K" coded BT-3's based at Strother AAF, KS 
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Photo courtesy of Strother Field Airport, KS
Official USAAF Photo

"B" coded BT-13 based at Bainbridge AAF, GA
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Photo courtesy of San Diego Air & Space Museum

"R" coded BT-15 based at Lemoore AAF, CA  
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W.T. Larkins photo

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"S" coded BT-13's undergo maintanence at Marana AAF, AZ
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Official USAAF photo courtesy of theS. Hoza Collection

Surplus BT-13 with "C" code formerlly assigned to Cochran AAF (GA) . 

 

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Photo by Doug Olson via W.T. Larkins

"M" coded BT-13 's based at  Chico AAF, CA 
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USAAF photo from the Collction of Ken Crist

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

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Official USAAF Photo

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

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Photo credit as noted

"O" coded BT-15 based at Cal-Aero, CA

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Photo by W.T. Larkins

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

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Photo courtesy of San Diego Air and Space Museum 

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

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USAAF Photo form the Collection of Ken Crist 

"B" coded BT-13 assigned to War Eagle Field, Lancaster, CA

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Photo courtesy of California State Military Museum

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

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Photo from the Collection of Allan Hammons

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

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Photo from the Collection of Allan Hammons

"J" coded BT-13 based at either Jackson, MS or La Junta , CO

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Photo courtesty of the SDAM

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"S" coded BT-13's  based at Shaw AAF, SC

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USAAF Photo from the Collection of Ken Crist

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

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USAAF Photo from the Collection of Ken Crist

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

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USAAF Photo from the Collection of Ken Crist

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

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USAAF Photo 

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"T" coded AT-6 based at Mather AAF, CA utilized in "BT" role

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USAAF Photo 

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

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USAAF photo from the Collection of Ken Crist

"B" coded AT-6 based at Bainbridge AAF, GA utilized in "BT" role

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USAAF photo from the Collection of Ken Crist

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"K" coded AT-6's based at Stockton AAF, CA utilized in "BT" role

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USAAF Photo

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

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USAAF Photo

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

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USAAF Photo courtesy of the Tom Michel Collection