On This Date in History: 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.)

Carswell attended North Side High School and TCU.

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).

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

Tomorrow: On This Date in History: Belly Up to the Forty-Foot Bar

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