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    Wheeler Field Hawaii United States

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USAAC c1941

Location
Located at Wahiawa along the Kamehameha Highway, across from Schofield Barracks on Oahu. To the southwest was Waieli Field.

Construction
Built prewar.

Wartime History
On December 7, 1941 at Wheeler Field, pilots Ken Taylor and George Welch observed the inital phase of the attack, and drove to Haleiwa Field to take off in P-40 Warhawks to intercept the Japanese aircraft. Several American pilots did get airborne from Wheeler Field, and shot down enemy planes that day.

American units based at Wheeler
14th PW HQ inactivated at January 23, 1942
18th PG, 19th PS (P-40) prewar - February 20, 1942 Bellows
18th FG HQ ? - March 11, 1943 Espiritu Santo
18th FG, 73rd FS (P-40) ? - May 22, 1942 Kualoa Field
11th BG, 26th BS (B-17, B-24) ? - July 19, 1942 - May 11, 43 - Nov 11, 43 Nukufetau
18th FG, 6th FS (P-40) ? - August 30, 1942 to Kahuku
307th BG, 371st BS (B-24) US Nov 2, Dec 21-26 42 Midway Feb 6-12, 43 Canton Apr 18-23, 43 Funafuti
58th BS (A-24) ? - June 18, 1943 Canton
318th FG, 72nd FS (P-39) ? - July 25, 43 Hilo Field. Returns Oct 21-Dec 18, 43 Makin
30th BG, 819th BS (B-24) Barking Sands Nov 12, 1943 returns July 25, 19 44 - March 17, 1945 Saipan returns
7th FW, 21st FG activated April 21 - June 3, 1944 Bellows Field
21st FG HQ ? - October 13, 44 Mokuleia Field
41st BG, 48th BS (B-25) Makin Oct 14, 1944 - May 20, 45 Okinawa
41st BG, 396th BS (B-25) Makin Oct 14, 1944 - May 20, 45 Okinawa
41st BG, 820th BS (B-25) Makin Oct 14, 1944 - May 20, 45 Okinawa
30th BG, 27th BS (B-24) Kahuku May 23, 1945
30th BG, 392nd BS (B-24) Kahuku May 23, 1945
7th AF, 58th BS (A-24) ? - June 18, 1943 Canton

Today
The line of hangers and layout of the airfield is identical to 1941.

P-40 Warhawk (Replica)
A replica of a P-40 is stationed at the Kawamura Gate near the Hamehameha Highway in Ken Taylor's markings.

B-24D Liberator "938"
Wreckage located near Wheeler Field in January 1996

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Last Updated
May 22, 2017

 

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