Honolulu Airfield is located near Honolulu on Oahu. To the west is Hickam Field (Hickam AFB) and to the northwest is Pearl Harbor.
Built prior to the war. Named in honor of aviator John Rodgers. Also known as "John Rodgers Field" or "John Rodgers Airfield". Adjacent to the runway was a seaplane piers with piers connecting moorings to the edge of the airfield area.
Pearl Harbor Attack
On December 7, 1941 during the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor attack, a civilian Interstate Cadet piloted by Cornelia Fort with a student pilot were practicing landings and were fired on by attacking A6M2 Zeros. Fort took control of the plane and landed safely at John Rodgers Field.
During the attack, nine A6M2 Zero led by Lt. Commander Shigeru Itaya from the Akagi strafed Honolulu Airfield. They hit a loaded Hawaiian Airlines DC-3 causing it to burn, but none aboard were hurt. Afterwards, the Zeros broke off their attack to chase B-17 Flying Fortresses attempting to land at nearby Hickam Field.
On June 1, 1945 US Navy Air Transport Squadron VR-12 is formed at
Honolulu to function as headquarters and maintenance squadrons for NATS (Naval Air Transport Service). Two nose hangers at the center of the airfield able to accommodate 10 aircraft each were used for inspections. At their height of operations, 700-800 passengers per day traveled via NATS. By January 1, 1946 NATS flights doubled, with further base expansion to handle 2,000+ passengers per day.
American units based at Honolulu
VR-12 (R4D, R5D) 1945
USAAF, 7th AF
19th Transport Squadron (C-33 and C-53) Hickam May 29, 1942 - ?
7th Fighter Command, 6th Night Fighter Squadron (P-47, P-61) - Oct 28, 1944 Kipapa
7th Fighter Command, 6th Night Fighter Squadron, VII Fighter Command, based at John
Rodgers Airport sends a detachment with P-61s to Saipan
Still in use today as Honolulu International Airport as
Oahu's main civilian airport.
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May 22, 2017