Major Horace Carswell: The Face Behind the Base

On February 27, 1948 Fort Worth Army Airfield was renamed “Carswell Air Force Base” in honor of Fort Worth native Major Horace Seaver “Stump” Carswell Jr. (1916–1944) (photo from Wikipedia).

Major Carswell was killed in World War II when he remained at the controls as his crippled B-24 Liberator bomber crash-landed in China. (Consolidated Aircraft Company, adjacent to Fort Worth Army Airfield, built B-24s during the war.) He was twenty-eight years old.

carswell 40 censusCarswell attended North Side High School and TCU, where he played football and baseball. The 1940 census listed Horace Jr. with his parents on Denver Avenue on the North Side.

carswell 1614 denverThe Carswell house on Denver Avenue was built in 1916, the year Horace Jr. was born.

Carswell was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor in 1946.

Carswell Air Force Base originally was called “Army Air Force Combat Crew School,” “Tarrant Field,” and then “Fort Worth Army Airfield.” Today the base is known as “Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth/Carswell Field” and is operated by the Navy (1947 photo from Lockheed Martin).

carswell valorMajor Horace Seaver “Stump” Carswell Jr. is buried in Oakwood Cemetery.

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