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Vintage US Army Air Forces Photograph.
Man reading the Portland Sunday Telegraph. (Portland, Maine).
The unit was activated on 12 June 1942 and conducted aircraft ferrying to Europe and other transport operations. In July 1944, the mission of Presque Isle AAF was changed to be that of a port of debarkation and caring for casualties from the front in France. With the end of combat in Europe, beginning in June 1945, troops scheduled for redeployment from Europe to the South Pacific began arriving for training bases in the United States. With the end of the war in August 1945, this mission was terminated.
The aerial port at Presque Isle AAF was officially closed on 18 September and the airfield was de-activated on 20 September 1945 with the end of the war. The 716th Army Air Force Base Unit was assigned to the airfield with a mission of winterizing the buildings and storing equipment with the facility placed in reserve status, and was used as a communications facility.