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    Ewa Field Oahu | Hawaii United States

Location
Lat 21.33 N Long 158.05 W Located at Ewa, to the west of Honolulu on Oahu. Also known as "Ewa Airfield".

Construction
US Navy secured a lease to a 700 acre tract at Ewa in the early 1930s and built a dirigible mooring mast & a 1,500' oil-surfaced emergency runway at this location. When dirigibles were phased out, the airfield was used for Marine Corps aircraft in 1939. During 1940, the Navy purchased an additional 3,500 acres to expand Ewa. By December 1941, four runways were built at Ewa along with hangers and buildings.

Wartime History
On December 7, 1941, during the attack on Pearl Harbor Japanese aircraft attacked Ewa before hitting Pearl Harbor, destroying 48 USMC aircraft on the group. Aircraft from USS Enterprise Scouting Squadron 6 arrived at Ewa Airfield and arrived during the attack. During the rest of the war, Ewa served as a staging base and training facility.

American units based at Ewa Field
VMF-213 (F4U) 1944

Postwar
Until the early 1950s, Ewa Field remained in use by the Marines. For jet aircraft, Ewa Field's shorter runway approaches and proximity to NAS Barber's Point made it unsuitable and the Marine aviation units relocated to Kaneohe Bay. Disused as of 1952, Ewa was incorporated into NAS Barber's Point. The vast majority of the buildings of the former Marine Corps base were demolished in the subsequent years.

Today
The former airfield area became part of the Barber's Point Golf Course. The runways and revetments are overgrown. Today, a memorial at Ewa Field is dedicated to Marine Aviators.

References
Abandoned & Little Known Airfields: Ewa Field

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Last Updated
May 22, 2017

 

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