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    Adak Airfield Alaska United States

77th BS November 1942

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USN c1944

Location
Lat 51° 52' 41N 176° 38' 46W  Adak Airfield is located on Adak Island in the Aleutian Island Chain (Aleutian Islands) in Alaska in the United States. Located at an elevation of 18' above sea level.

Construction
After the August 30, 1942 landing on Adak, the U. S. Army immediately began building Adak Airfield as a base to launch air attacks against the Japanese forces occupying Attu and Kiska. The first plane to land on the new Adak runway on September 10, 1942 was piloted by Col. Eareckson. The runway was officially completed on September 12, 1942.

American missions over Adak
June 28, 1942 - December 3, 1942

American units based at Adak Airfield
28th CG, 77th BS (B-25, B-26) Elmendorf Oct 3, 1942 - July 22, 1943 Attu returns September 11, 1943 Amchitka
28th CG, 30th BG, 21st BS (B-24) September 13, 1942
28th CG, 36th BS (B-24) Amchitka June 1 - August 4, 1943 Amchitka
28th CG, 44th BG, 404th BS (B-24) Umnak September 13, 1942
30th BG, 30th BS (B-25) ? - November 15, 1942 Umnak
18th FG, 343rd FS (P-40) ? December 6, 1942 - ?
57th FS (P-39)
54th FG, 42nd FS (P-39) Kodiak September 8-10, 1942 - ?
343rd FG, HQ ? - July 25, 1943 Amchitka
343rd FG, 11th FS (P-38 / P-40) ? - March 23, 1944 detachment to Amchitka returns July 20, 1945

Wartime History
On October 1, 1942 a Japanese reconnaissance aircraft observed the American forces on Adak. The next two days, Japanese bombing missions targeted Adak Airfield but did not cause any damage.

Japanese missions against Adak
October 1-3, 1942

Jerry Craft adds:
"Adak, pilots flew west on Adak's range signal, until they intersected with Amchitka's range signal.  Where this occurred was a point knows as the "Tanaga Intersection," and was somewhere close to Tanaga Island.  Also, I was on Adak, during the summer and autumn of 1947. One was the crash of a P-61 "Black Widow" and the other was the disappearance of the base's Air-Sea Rescue B-17, only minutes after taking off from Adak on runway 50."

Today
Still in use today as a small airport known as Adak Airport with two runways. The first oriented 23/05 measuring 7,790' x 200' surfaced with asphalt. The second oriented 36/18 measuring 7,605' x 200' surfaced with asphalt. Airport codes: FAA: ADK IATA: ADK.

 

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Last Updated
January 9, 2018

 

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