Bellows Airfield is located at 41-043 Kalnianaole Highway on Oahu. Also known as "Bellows Field" or "Bellows Station".
Built prewar as a U. S. Army Air Corps airfield.
On December 7, 1942 aircraft were parked
wingtip-to-wingtip to prevent sabotage prior to the Japanese attack on Oahu and Pearl Harbor. During the attack, Bellows Airfield was severely damaged during the Japanese attack.
Units based at Bellows Field
18th PG, 19th PS (P-40) Wheeler Feb 20 - May 22, 1942 Kualoa
18th PS, 73rd PS (P-40)
Wheeler May 22, 1942 - ?
5th BG, 394th BS (B-17) ? - July 24, 1942 Hickam / May 30 - Sept 28, 1942 Hickam
18th FG, 333rd FS (P-39) activated August 23, 1942 - ?
318th FG, 72nd FS (P-40) activated Oct 15, 1942
18th FG, 19th FS (P-40) Kualoa Oct 20, 1942 - Feb 9, 43 Barbers Point
318th FG HQ Hickam Feb 9, 1943 - ?
11th BG, 26th BS (B-17) April 8 - May 11, 1943 Bellows
318th FG, 333rd FS (P-39) Hilo July 28, 1943 - ?
318th FG, 73rd FS (P-47) Mokuleia Nov 8, 1943 - ?
531st BS (A-24) Makin March 1, 1944 - ?
318th FG, 19th FS (P-47) Kualoa April 18, 1944 - ?
531st FS (P-38) April 21, 1944 - ?
15th FG HQ Wheeler June 3, 1944 - ?
15th FG, 78th FS (P-47 / P-51) Mokuleia June 8, 44 - Jan 24 45 Iwo Jima
7th ASA, 311th TCS (C-47) Kahuku Feb 15, 44 - July 22, 45 Okinawa
7th ASA, 316th TCS (C-47) Kahuku Feb 16, 44 - ?
Known as Bellows Air Force Station MCTAB. Today the base is off limits to the general public and used as a recreation area for military
personnel. There is a historical marker at the base.
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April 24, 2018