Lincoln Army Air Base – 11/19/1942

A photo showing the Lincoln Army Air Base on November 19, 1942, looking East.  No aircraft appear to be stationed here as of yet.  At this point Oak Creek has been redirected to run parallel with the main North/South road, which today is named NW 38th Street.  The four main aircraft hangars are in place, as well as the church.  Several barracks are set up on both sides of the creek.  Huskerville is shown in the lower left section of the photo.  The Southern most road is currently West Mathis Street, named after Jack W. Mathis.  The streets were named after MOH recipients during the Lincoln AFB days.  The road that runs southwest to northeast is now located within the airport boundary.  A section of this road is still there and is used as an airport access road.  After the base was closed, the barracks were sold off at auction and bought up my many farmers to use for storage, etc.  Arnold Elementary School is now built where Huskerville used to be located.  Oak Creek was again redirected during the 1950’s to make room for a longer runway when the air force base was constructed.  The east road and railroad tracks were moved during the 1950’s, too.  The last two remaining storage buildings, located in the left center of the photo, were removed just a few years ago.  The City of Lincoln can be seen in the upper right of the photo as well as West Lincoln.

Lincoln Airmy Air Base 1942

Lincoln Airmy Air Base 1942 modified

2 thoughts on “Lincoln Army Air Base – 11/19/1942

  1. Good afternoon from France. Though originally from Santa Rosa (Ca), I’ve spent most of my adult life as a teacher here in France.. At soon to be 75, I’m a part of an artistic group whose current project, for each member, is to discover as much as possible about what happened the year we were born and at the place we were born.

    My birth certificate indicated York, Nebraska October 28, 1943 and my father Lt Col Hugh Fleming Thurman (born in1902 in Redding California) was commander of the local Air Force base at the time. I innocently expected to find a base in York, but though there was apparently a Luthern hospital in York, there was also a hospital (or were hospitals) on the base in Lincoln. So was my father actually heading a base in Lincoln and not York and, if so, why would they go a 50 mile distance all that way to York?

    I know that my mother was born in 1906 in Lincoln, but the family moved to San Francisco shortly after. I would be deeply grateful for any information concerning a base in York — I see that there was a German POW camp there at that time.

    Barbara Thurman-Becquiot


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