Freeman Army Airfield has a rich history; both as a WW-II multi-engine training base and after the war as Freeman Municipal Airport, aka Freeman Field. For a quick, bullet-point wartime chronology of Freeman Field history please refer to the Freeman Fact Sheet page.
Lifetime local resident, pilot and historian Al Seibert has contributed three articles for use on this website. The first is an historical overview of Freeman Field from its inception in 1942 up through 1958. The other two articles are more focused on a specific activity. One is a recap of the GI Bill pilot training program at Freeman from 1947 to 1950. This is the period during which Al learned to fly. The other is an interesting story about theBunker Hill School of Aeronautics that was located at Freeman Field in 1949. We are indebted to Al for providing these first-hand accounts of how things were at our airport in the early years.
In addition to the books that Al references in his overview, there are a wealth of articles and hundreds of photos on Jim West's wonderful website www.indianamilitary.org. If you want more information on Freeman Army Airfield during the war years Jim's site is the place to go.