Gore Field (1942-1945) - A World War II U.S. Army Airfield was established on a former municipal airfield in 1942 near Great Falls, Cascade County, Montana. Named Gore Field after local homesteader James D. Gore. Closed after the end of WWII in 1945. Reactivated in 1947 by the Montana Air National Guard. Now Great Falls International Airport which also houses the Great Falls Air National Guard Base and shares use of the airstrip.
Adapted from the 120th History of the 120th Fighter Wing
Great Falls was chosen as the American starting point because of her inland location, over 300 good flying days per year, and her alignment with the northern airstrips. On 22 Jun 1942, the 7th Ferrying Group established Gore Field on the west side of Great Falls at the Municipal Airport on Gore Hill. On 2 Sep 1942, two flights of A-20 light bombers left Great Falls and touched down at Ladd Field in Fairbanks, Alaska.
At Fairbanks, the Russian pilots picked up the aircraft and flew them to Russia. Known as the Alaska - Siberian route, or ALSIB, this route saw almost 8,000 aircraft provided to assist the war efforts on the Eastern Front from 1942 to 1945. The 7th Ferrying Group also transported military aircraft to Alaska in support of the 11th Air Force, which was fighting the Japanese in the northern Pacific Theater.
A second airfield was built on the east side of Great Falls, now known as Malmstrom Air Force Base, was also established in 1942.
Now Great Falls International Airport also houses the Great Falls Air National Guard Base and shares use of the airstrip.