|Atlantic was built during WW2 as a satellite airfield for MCAS Cherry Point. The Navy acquired 1,470 acres of land in early 1942, and construction commenced later that year.|
The 1st aircraft reportedly arrived at Atlantic in 1943 [but that is contradicted by the 1942 photos above], the Douglas SDB Dauntless dive bombers of VMSB-341, followed shortly by VMSB-342.
Atlantic was commissioned as a Marine Corps Auxiliary Airfield in 1943. A total complement of 36 aircraft was present on the base in 1943 - 35 SBDs & one J2F Duck amphibian. A hangar was completed in late 1943, as well as barracks, workshops & other buildings.
Several other Marine dive bombing squadrons were assigned to Atlantic during 1943. In 1944 a detachment of Air Warning Squadron AWS-16 arrived, as well as VMSB-934 with new Curtiss SB2C Helldivers.