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    Kahuku Airfield (Kuilima Air Park) Hawaii United States

Location
Lat 21.71 North, Long 157.97 West. Located at the northern tip of Ohau near Kahuku Point. Also known as "Kahuku Point Airfield" or "Kahuku Field".

Construction
Built as a grass runway in late 1941. with a large target (bombing target?). The runway was paved with asphalt and concrete during later 1941 or early 1942. By 1943, the airfield was expanded with two overlapping runways. A small rail line allowed bombs and ammunition from hill storage bunkers to be transported to the airfield. By April 1945, this airfield was listed as an emergency airfield with a 6,500' hard surfaced runway. Postwar, this airfield was closed.

Wartime History
Used by fighters at the start of the war and was a heavy bomber for the rest of the war.

Units based at Kahuku
18th FG, 6th FS (P-40) Wheeler August 30, 1942 - ?
307th BG, 372nd BS (B-24) USA November 2, 1942 - Funafuti returns April 23, 1943
11th BG, 50th BS (B-17)
30th BG, 392d BS (B-24) ? - May 23, 1944 Wheeler
30th BG, ? BS (B-24) US October 20, 1943 - ?
30th BG, 38th BS (B-24) Hickam ? - November 12, 1943 Nanumea

Postwar
During the early 1950s, the former runway was used as a drag racing track, and continued into the 1960s. An antenna array for short wave radio transmitters was located at the northern portion of the airfield and a National Guard summer camp ground.

In 1954-1977 a portion of the airfield was opened as the private "Kuilima Air Park" using 2,700; of the former runway. Today, the southern end of the former airfield is now a wildlife refuge.

References
Abandoned & Little Known Airfields: Kahuku Airfield / Kuilima Air Park

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Last Updated
May 22, 2017

 

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