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Curt Holguin 1995
Hamilton Field was located at Novato northwest of San Francisco. Postwar known as Hamilton AFB. After the base was deactivated developed into a residential community known as "Hamiltown".
On July 1, 1932 airfield construction commenced, with the majority of first phase completed by 1935. Built as a bombardment base and the headquarters for the 1st Wing of the U.S. Army Air Corps. The base was utilized for the defense of the western section of the United States until 1940.
Named in honor of 1st Lloyd Andrews Hamilton, 1st Aero Squadron awarded the Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) for extraordinary heroism in action at Varssokacre, Belguim on August 13, 1918 then was Killed in Action (KIA) near Lagnicourt, France on August 24, 1918.
On December 6, 1941 a formation of unarmed B-17 Flying Fortresses departed Hamilton Field on a ferry flight bound for Hickam Field, Oahu. The formation included B-17C 40-2049, B-17C 40-2063, B-17E 41-2408, B-17E 41-2416, B-17E 41-2429, B-17E 41-2432 and B-17E 41-2434. During the morning of December 7, 1941 incoming Japanese aircraft detected on radar were dismissed as the expected flight of B-17s. During the surprise attack, the unarmed B-17s arrived and several were intercepted. None were lost several were attacked by Japanese fighters and accidentally fired on by US Navy anti-aircraft guns.
During World War II, Hamilton Field played a significant role as an overseas staging area for new aircraft being flown to Hawaii. Also, acted as one of three major bases of the West Coast wing of the Air Transport Command's Pacific Division and was involved in the Operational Training Unit Program.
Hamilton Army Air Field Discontinuous Historic District
Hamilton Field History Museum
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