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    Depot Field (Harmon Field, Harmon AFB) Territory of Guam United States of America
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USAAF c1944
Location
Lat 13°30′0″N Long 144°48′30″E  Depot Field was located in northwestern of Guam Island in the Southern Mariana Islands (Territory of Guam) in the Mariana Island Group (Mariana Islands) in the United States of America (USA). During 1945, renamed Harmon Field and postwar known as Harmon Air Force Base (Harmon AFB) until closed in 1949.

Construction
Built by American forces as a B-29 aircraft depot and maintenance base.

Wartime History
During late 1944 until the end of the Pacific War used as a base for the 20th Air Force.

American units based at Harmon Field
XXI Bomber Command, HQ USA December 4, 1944–July 18 1945 redesignated 20th AF, HQ Squadron

Naming
In late February 1945, renamed "Harmon Field" in honor of Lieutenant General Millard F. Harmon Commanding General Army Air Forces, Pacific Ocean Areas (AAFPOA) and and and Deputy Commander of the 20th Air Force (20th AF) missing February 26, 1945 as a passenger aboard C-87A Liberator Express 41-24174 over the Pacific Ocean between Kwajalein and Hawaii. Postwar, known as Harmon Air Force Base (Harmon AFB).

Postwar
Harmon remained in use as a military base until closed in 1949.

Clarance Le Mieux adds:
"After the war, our job was salvaging all the stuff left from the Army. For example, we had these 36mm cameras, in nice leather cases, never even been used. We had to open them, take the lens and throw away the rest as trash. They collected all the trucks, jeeps from around the islands there and were selling them, about 300 at a time, and anybody who wanted to buy them. A wealthy Chinese man, from the Philippines had lost everything during the war. He got some funding and bought all the jeeps, brought them back to China and resold them at who knows what profit. He started buying up all this surplus, had enough financing to then buy two C-47s, and started his own airline with his sons who had been pilots in the war as to fly them. He would fill them up with surplus and passengers and had a route of four stops back to the Philippines. Last thing I remember is he bought a C-54 from us!"

Today
The former airfield area is an industrial area to the northeast of the Antonio B. Won Pat Airport (Guam Airport), which served as the main airfield area both Harmon AFB and NAS Agana.

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Last Updated
February 26, 2020

 

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