The Greenville Army Flying School at Greenville, MS, became an operational Air Corps training base in December 1941, shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. U.S. Army Air Forces operations continued through March 1945 when it was closed during the late war draw down. During this operational period, thousands of men and women made their way through Greenville to assist with the war effort.
The primary goal of this project is to identify as many of these men and women as possible who flew at Greenville during the war. At the time of writing this post, more than 830 men and women have been identified as having been a pilot assigned to Greenville Army Airfield (GAAF). Men were flying either as instructors or aviation cadets. Women were flying at Greenville performing work such as engineering test pilots or administrative flights. Pilots identified as having flown at Greenville will be listed on the "Greenville Flyers" page;
In addition to providing publicly available information through this website, my intent is to compile a book with detailed information on a number of selected pilots. The book will focus on pilots of all duties who contributed to victory. Aviation Cadets who washed out of training. Pilots who became instructors and never left the states. Pilots who were killed in training. Pilots who went overseas and never experienced battle. Pilots who witnessed their friends perish in battle. Pilots who themselves perished in battle or otherwise. Their life prior to, during, and (if applicable) after war will be documented.
In the meantime, this blog will be periodically updated with posts discussing either GAAF itself, or a particular pilot. Primary focus will be on the pilots since this project aims to document the lives and legacies of those Greenville Flyers.