Wednesday, December 5, 2018


3rd Attack Group A-12 Planes in 1935
Eunice DeField collection: 2002.027.009
The Planters Press issue for February 28, 1935 announced that Barksdale Field was the best air  defense base in the United States.

“Bossier City is now the home of one of the leading aerial defense bases of the entire nation.  This became a fact yesterday when the remaining three planes and about 300 officers and enlisted men arrived at the Field from Fort Crockett, Texas.”

“Col. Gerald C. Brant, new Barksdale Field and Third Wing Commander, with his wife, arrived in Bossier City Tuesday.  Although his official duties begin March 2d, he is expected to begin organizing his staff at once.”

“Forty planes arrived at Barksdale Field from Fort Crockett several days ago.  The Third Wing’s motor transport left Galveston early yesterday.  Approximately 150 enlisted men made the trip from Galveston to Barksdale Field aboard a troup [sic] train, and 135 men accompanied the motor convoy.  Some 205 enlisted men and officers made the trip here by private automobiles.”

“It is understood that Major Millard F. Harmon will be retained on the staff as commander of the Twentieth Pursuit Group.  Major Earl Naiden, in all probability, will have the title of Group Commander.  Orders were issued Tuesday by the War Department for the removal of Lieutenant William P. Sloan from Luke Field, territory of Hawaii, and First Lieutenant Nelie J. Coultee from Allbrooks Field, Balboa, Canal Zone, to Barksdale Field.”
Bossier Parish Library History Center Collection: 2001.007.161

“Barksdale Field is the largest airport in the world, embracing some 22,000 acres.  Its buildings are magnificent and it is an ideal field for training the air men of the nation.  It is a source of gratification to residents of Bossier City to know that the personnel at the Field have been credited in the manner which the Field merits.”
Barksdale Field 1935
Neil Yarborough collection: 2006.034.028-1

To learn more about how Barksdale Field became Barksdale Air Force Base, visit the Bossier Parish Libraries History Center.

By: Ann Middleton

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