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Hickam Field - Oahu, Hawaii - in 1942

Hickam Field - Oahu, Hawaii - in 1942 American History World War II Geography

In 1935, America began its "largest peace-time construction effort" - a military base, on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. 

Called "Hickam," after Lt Col. Horace M. Hickam who died, that same year, in an A-12 (when he hit an obstruction, on an unlit runway, at Ft Crockett, Texas),  the new airfield was - and remains - an important base for American military planes.

Hickam Field, and its planes, were attacked by the Japanese during the Pearl Harbor raid of December 7, 1941.  It is also the place where Louis Zamperini first reported for duty, in 1942, after he was transferred to Hawaii as a newly minted bombardier, ready for action in the Pacific theater.

In this photo - from the State of Hawaii, Department of Transportation, Airports Division - we see Hickam Field as it appeared in August of 1942. 

Click on the image to greatly expand its view.


Media Credits

Photo of Hickam Field, August of 1942, from Hawaii Aviation, online courtesy the State of Hawaii, Department of Transportation, Airports Division.

 

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