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    Mokuleia Field (Dillingham Field) Hawaii United States
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Anthony D. Lucas 1942

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Location
Lat 21.58 North Long 158.2 West, located at Mokuleia, on the northern tip of Oahu. To the west is Kaena Point. Also known as Dillingham Field or Dillingham Air Force Base.

Construction
Built during the early part of the war. Operational by February 1942 and based P-40 Warhawks of the 72nd Pursuit Squadron. By middle 1942, the runway was paved and had two rows of bunkers on the south side of the runway.

Wartime History
Used as an airfield for heavy bomber operations, and later based fighters. Large revetments with angled walls were built for heavy bombers. By April 1945, the airfield was still operational

Units based at Mokuleia Field
5th BG, 23rd BS (B-17) Hickam March 24, 42 - ? Funafuti returns Feb 1- 6, 1943 Bomber 1
307th BG, 424th BS (B-24) USA November 2, 1942 - February 6, 1943 Espiritu Santo
30th BG, 27th BS (B-24) ? - November 10, 1943 Namumea
11th BG, 98th BS (B-17) April 8, 1943 - November 11, 1943 Namumea
318th FG, 73rd FS (P-40) NAS Kaneohe May 5, 1943 - November 8, 1943 Bellows
318th FG, 72rd FS (P-47) ? - June 8, 1944 Haleiwa
15th FG, 78th FS (P-47) Stanley April 1, 1944 - June 8, 1944 Bellows
21st FG, 531st FS (P-38, P-51) Kuoloa October 8, 1944 - ?
21st FG, HQ Wheeler October 13, 1944 - ?
508th FG, 466th FS (P-47) Kuoloa February 25, 1945
21st FG, 72th FS (P-51) ? - March 26, 1945 Iwo Jima

Postwar
Closed sometime in the postwar period, marked closed on 1947 maps with a 8,900' hard-surface runway.

In 1948, the airfield was inactivated and renamed "Dillingham Air Force Base" in memory of B-29 "Maniuwa" 42-63678 piloted by Captain Henry Gaylord Dillingham, killed in action over Kawasaki on July 25, 1945.

By the early 1950s, aircraft were again based at this field, but was again closed. A portion of the airfield was used as a US Army Nike surface-to-air missile Launch Site for Battery OA-84, during the late 1950s to early 1960s.

Today
In the middle 1970s, reopened as a civilian airfield, with 5,000' x 60' runway for light powered aircraft inside the existing 9,000' x 100' former runway. Today it is still in use, primarily for glider rides for tourists. At the western end of the runway,, a portion of at least one wartime revetment still remains.

References
Abandoned & Little Known Airfields: Mokuleia Army Airfield / Dillingham AFB

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Last Updated
January 9, 2018

 

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