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    Wheeler Field (Wheeler Army Airfield) Oahu | Hawaii United States
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USAAC c1941

Located at Wahiawa along the Kamehameha Highway across from Schofield Barracks on Oahu in Hawaii in the United States. To the southwest adjacent to Wheeler Field was built Waiele Field (Waiele Gulch Army Airfield). Today known as Wheeler Army Airfield.

Built prewar. Used by the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as a base for pursuit aircraft.

Wartime History
On December 7, 1941 during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Oahu, some U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) pursuit did manage to take off and intercept the Japanese. Pilots Ken Taylor and George Welch observed the first wave of attacking Japanese aircraft and drove to Haleiwa Field where they took off piloting P-40 Warhawks and intercept the attackers.

During the Pacific War, Wheeler Field was an important base for USAAF fighters and bombers and was used for the duration of the war for units deploying to the South Pacific and Central Pacific.

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 April 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, 1943–Dec 18, 1943 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
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 known as Wheeler Army Airfield, part of the U. S Army Garrison Hawaii. The hanger row and airfield layout are identical to the Pacific War.

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

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

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Last Updated
October 23, 2019


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