Justin Taylan 2003
Carney Field is located near Koli Point on the north coast of on Guadalcanal, near the Metapona River to the east and the Naumbu
River to the west. To the southeast was a Crash Strip (Koli Point) and further to to the southeast is Koli Field (Bomber 3). The single strip ran approximately northeast to southwest, parallel
to Koli Field (Bomber 3). Fifteen miles to the west is Henderson Field,
Built by US Naval Construction
Battalion 14 (Seabees) led by Captain James V. Carney after repairing Henderson Field. Construction began from December 5 - 17, 1942, resulting in an emergency runway 150' x 7300'.
On December 16, 1942 the first landing was by SBD Dauntless 06667 piloted by Captain Carney who pronounced the strip satisfactory. After taking off again, his plane developed motor trouble over Skylark Channel and crashed killing both aboard. Afterwards, the new airfield was named "Carney Field" for Captain James V. Carney.
Further expanded, this airfield was designed for use by 13th Air Force heavy bombers with several taxiways added to both sides of the runway. By January 1945 the main runway was 6,700' x 150'.
An emergency crash strip was built between Carney Field
and Koli Field. A single runway measured 3,000' x 300'. The strip ran NE to SW, parallel to the runways
at both adjacent strips. Today, it is an overgrown area
13th AF units based
42nd BG, 390th BS (B-25C) June - Oct 21, 1943 Banika / Stirling
307th BG, HQ
? - January 28, 1944 Munda
307th BG, 371st BS (B-24D) August 25 - Dec 28, 1943 Munda
307th BG, 424th BS (B-24) August 25 - Dec 28, 1943 Munda
307th BG, 372st BS (B-24D) Espirito Santo August 25 - Dec 28, 1943 Munda
307th BG, 370th BS (B-24D) ? - February 22, 1944 Munda
5th BG, 394th BS (SB-24 Snoopers) ? Feb 28, 44 Munda returns April 9-13, 1944 Momote
5th BG, HQ August 19, 1943 Espiritu Santo - April 12, 1944 Momote
5th BG, 31st BS (B-24) February , 2, 1944 Munda - April 20, 1944 Momote
5th BG, 72nd BS (B-24)
? - January 27, 1944 Munda
USN units based at Carney
VB-106 (PB4Y) October 28, 1943 - ?
VMD-254 (PB4Y) Feb 15, 1944 - July 1944
VB-101 (PB4Y) late March 1943 - ?
VB-104 (PB4Y) August 1943 - Oct/Nov 1943 (?) Munda
Disused since the war.
Thanks to Ewan Stevenson for additional information
History of the 14th Naval Construction Battalion by R.N.
Woldy, page 19
Mack Morris South Pacific Diary" page 237 by Ronnie Day
"14th CBs landed November 42 on Guadalcanal as part of composite unit called ACORN RED ONE, the CO of which was Capt. James V. Carney, USN."
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