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Kahuku Army Airfield - Base of Louis Zamperini

Kahuku Army Airfield - Base of Louis Zamperini American History Geography Tragedies and Triumphs World War II Education

The Kahuku Point Airfield - operated by the U.S. Army Air Force (USAAF) - was located near the northern shore of Oahu.  An auxiliary field, it was in operation from 1942 until the late 1940s.

Used mostly to train pilots and air crews, it was less-congested than Wheeler and Hickam Fields which were also located on Oahu.  According to the "Combat Chronology of the USAAF," compiled by Jack McKillop, some B-24s and B-17s were also based there.

When Louis Zamperini was stationed at Kahuku, he was able to run along the beach.  The above photo - taken on 1 October 1941 - depicts how that was possible, since the men were based very close to the water's edge.

One bunker site is about all that remains of the old base, and most of the single runways (there were three airfields in all) have been absorbed into a golf course.

Click on the image for a much larger view.


Media Credits

USN photo, of Kahuku runway, online courtesy U.S. National Archives.  Information about Kahuku Army Air Force Base from David Trojan at the Hawaii Aviation Preservation Society.

 

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