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Lat 21° 19' 7N Long 157° 55' 21W Honolulu Airfield is located near Honolulu on Oahu. To the west is Hickam Field (Hickam AFB) and to the northwest is Pearl Harbor. During World War II known as "John Rodgers Field". Postwar known as Honolulu Airport or Honolulu International Airport. During 2016-2017 renamed Daniel K. Inouye International Airport.
Built prior to the war. Named in honor of aviator John Rodgers and was then known as "John Rodgers Field" or "John Rodgers Airfield". Adjacent to the runway was a seaplane piers with piers connecting moorings to the edge of the airfield area.
On December 7, 1941 during the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor and Oahu, a civilian Interstate Cadet piloted by Cornelia Fort with a student pilot were practicing landings and were fired on by attacking A6M2 Zeros. Fort took control of the plane and landed safely at John Rodgers Field.
During the attack, nine A6M2 Zero led by Lt. Commander Shigeru Itaya from the Akagi strafed Honolulu Airfield. They hit a loaded Hawaiian Airlines DC-3 causing it to burn, but none aboard were hurt. Afterwards, the Zeros broke off their attack to chase B-17 Flying Fortresses attempting to land at nearby Hickam Field.
American units based at Honolulu
United States Navy (USN)
VR-12 (R4D, R5D) 1945
U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) 7th Air Force (7th AF)
19th Transport Squadron (C-33 and C-53) Hickam May 29, 1942
7th Fighter Command, 6th Night Fighter Squadron (P-47, P-61) - June 21, 1944 Saipan / Oct 28, 1944 Kipapa
On June 1, 1945 US Navy Air Transport Squadron VR-12 is formed at Honolulu to function as headquarters and maintenance squadrons for NATS (Naval Air Transport Service). Two nose hangers at the center of the airfield able to accommodate 10 aircraft each were used for inspections. At their height of wartime operations, 700-800 passengers per day traveled via NATS. By January 1, 1946 NATS flights doubled, with further base expansion to handle 2,000+ passengers per day.
Still in use today as Honolulu International Airport as Oahu's main civilian airport. Airport codes: ICAO: PHIK and IATA: HNL. The airport has four runways. The first is oriented 22L/04R measures 9,000' x 150' surfaced with asphalt. The second 22R/04L measures 6,952' x 150; surfaced with asphalt. The third oriented 26L/08R measures 12,000' x 200' surfaced with asphalt. The fourth oriented 26R/08L measures 12,300' x 150' surfaced with asphalt.
In 2016, renamed Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in honor of Daniel K. Inouye, a U. S. Senator from Hawaii and World War II veteran by the Hawaii state. This new name officially went into use at the airport on April 27, 2017. A renaming ceremony was held at the airport on May 30, 2017.
Daniel K. Inouye International Airport - Official Website
Sept 27, 1943
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